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article imageMan returns money he stole in the 1940s, with interest

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 29, 2011 in Odd News
Seattle - An unidentified man has returned the money he stole from Sears decades ago.
The man walked into a Seattle Sears store yesterday and handed over an envelope to a customer service counter representative addressed to "Sears Manager".
The envelope contained a handwritten note and $100 cash. According to King 5 News, the Sears manager shared the contents of the note which said, "During the late [forties] I stole some money from the cash register in the amount of $20-$30 ... I want to pay you back this money in the amount of $100 to put in your theft account."
Store manager Gary Lorentson said, "I think his conscience has been bothering him for the past 60 years."
The man's identity is not known and Sears will not release the store surveillance video that captured the man returning the money. The store has indicated they do not know the man's name.
Sears plans to "put the money toward helping needy families during the holiday season" according to the report.
Returning stolen property after many years does occur. Often it is police that detect stolen property, such as the case with a pistol stolen 30 years ago in Michigan. Other times the owner tracks down their property on a total fluke, as in the case where a man found his stolen Camaro online last month.
And sometimes the reason for the return is a mystery. Digital Journal recently reported an incident where a wedding album stolen 17 years ago was mysteriously returned to the couple, who were elated to have their precious photos returned after so many years.
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