Robbers Return Loot

It may be proof even thieves have consciences.

 Last week a robbery took place at a California non-profit group that helps sexual assault victims.

The building’s telephone wires had been cut, its Internet connection was down and six computer towers, a laptop, speakers for the laptop, children’s story books and 100 bags of small candy had been stolen. But a strange thing happened a few days later.

The crooks ended up returning the stuff. And, judging by the kind note they left, they seemed to be really sorry about it. “I got chills when I saw the note,” San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services Executive Director Candy Stallings told “I was teary eyed, and I had so many mixed emotions.” 

“When I looked inside the cart I thought, ‘These are our items that they had taken before. This doesn’t make any sense. Why would they bring it back?’” Stallings said. “And then, an officer found the note inside the laptop as he was taking fingerprints.”

 The note read: “We had no idea what we were taking. Here is your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people’s lives. God Bless.” 

No suspects have been apprehended and the investigation is still ongoing, Cervantes said, adding that, although the items were returned, the thieves will be held accountable for their crime.

 “They still committed the crime and it is still considered a burglary,” Cervantes said. “It doesn’t negate that. There may be a lessened sentence, but the crime and charges are still the same.” 

Stallings said she appreciated that the items were returned and wondered who the mystery thieves were and what prompted them to return the items.