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Michigan robber returns $800 plus interest he stole in the 1980s

By Mason White 6:41 PM March 19, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A thief returned $800 plus interest for money he stole 30 years ago.

The man felt guilty about the crime he did 30 years ago, and he finally repaid the money.

The anonymous thief sent an apology note to the Barry County Sheriff’s Department in Hastings, Michigan, along with $1,200.

In the letter, the thief admitted to breaking into the Middle Mart in Michigan. The store has since then been sold to a new owner, therefore the man sent the money to the local police department hoping they will find the previous owner.

“If you find him, please tell him I was stupid when I did that. I was foolish. I am sorry,” the letter said.

“I did a very bad thing that I’m ashamed of and I have lived with the guilt for too long,” the letter went on to say.

Police handed the money over to the rightful owner who confirmed the break-in happened in the 1980s. The store was sold in 1988.

“This does not happen every day,” sheriff Bob Baker said. He also said the department is not interested in reopening the case to prosecute the thief, since too much time has passed.

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