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Thieves Return Stolen Goods To Calif. Nonprofit And Leave Apology Note

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Burglars who stole from a California charity office apparently felt guilty about what they had done and returned the laptop and other computer equipment they had taken. Even more surprising, they also left a letter of apology. San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services is a nonprofit organization that offers counseling to victims of violent sexual attacks.

The director of the organization, Candy Stallings, was called to the scene at 4 a.m. after the break-in. She was called back to the office the following night and told by police that all the charity's computer equipment had been returned.

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"All my stuff was in front of the door," Stallings said. "There was a shopping cart, and there were the PCs that were taken, there was the laptop  everything was there."

The note that was attached read: “We had no idea what we were takeing [sic]. Here's your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people's live. God bless.”

“We were all pretty shocked," Stallings said of the note. "You've got to be kidding me. I was in disbelief, I got chills, I got very emotional.” She plans to frame a copy of the note.

Some of the police officers were also taken aback by what happened, The Daily Mail reported. 

"This is the first time in my career I have seen the return of stolen items," said San Bernardino Police Lt. Paul Williams. "It appears the guilt of taking the property caused the return of the items."

Sources: The Daily Mail, ABC Local