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

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.

"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 


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