Thief Writes Apology Letter and Returns Items to Riphagen Family 15 Years Later

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When our items get stolen, we usually don't expect to ever see them again. But one family in suburban Chicago was proven wrong when a burglar returned their stolen items, along with a note, 15 years later. 

According to Yahoo, four gold rings were stolen from the Riphagens 15 years ago when their daughter had a house party that got out of control. Margot Riphagen, now 31, said it was only supposed to be a few friends, but ended up turning into a party full of people she didn't know.

"It was a long time ago and it was a pretty bad situation," Riphagen said. "I invited a few friends over and then all of a sudden there were all these people there I didn't know. We immediately noticed stuff was missing. My parents actually turned me in to the police. They always understood this wasn't my fault, but we had never recovered those rings and I still have no idea who it was."

The letter and rings were sent to Riphagen's mother at work. The note explained how sorry the person was and that they simply wanted "to right a wrong." 

They did not mind that the letter was anonymous. 

"We don't care who it was. I was stupid when I was 16 and I'm sure they were too. Somebody did it for the trill of it, not for money," Riphagen said. 

All that mattered was that they had their rings back, all of which had sentimental value. 

"The first ring is my mother's actual wedding band, that she was not wearing because she was going to get it re-sized. The second is a ring with a small diamond that my father gave my mother when my sister was born, who is a year older than I am," said Riphagen.

"And then the other two, I actually didn't know existed until we got them back, but they are my grandparents' wedding bands. They had small diamond chips put into them for me and my sister when we got older. So it was a pretty big deal. I'm now actually wearing my grandfather's wedding band."

Riphagen is happy to start the new year off with the rings and finally have some closure over the ordeal. 

"We never thought we would get any of the stuff back. It's completely amazing and wonderful and we're all thrilled about it," she said.