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Guilty man wants to return books he took 25 years ago

By Anne Sewell     Dec 9, 2013 in Odd News
Cambridge - Spaniard Iñaki Buenaposada studied English in Cambridge in the UK some 25 years ago, when he was just 16. He took some books from what he thought was garbage and kept them, but now wishes to return them.
According to the local daily, The Cambridge News, the guilt has now got too much for him.
He's back in the UK, visiting Cambridge and trying in vain to find the owners of the books so that he can return them and soothe his conscience.
The now 40-year-old Buenaposada told the newspaper:
"One day I saw a black bag in the garage (of the house where I was staying) and I thought it was rubbish. I saw the books and took three of them."
However, it turns out that the bag was not rubbish at all.
“That night the lady was very distressed and asking if we had seen them and I didn't say anything," said Buenaposada.
"I think it was because I wasn't man enough to face up to her at the time and tell her I was guilty," he added.
Charles Dicken s Oliver Twist
Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist
The New York Public Library
So he has kept the books, which include an old copy of Dickens' "Oliver Twist," ever since. However, the feelings of guilt never left him.
Other books in the small collection include the "Universal Home Lawyer" and an illustrated biology book called "The Pond I Know," which dates back to the 1900's.
This week Buenaposada is back in town, trying his best to return to the scene of the crime, so to speak. The trouble is, he can't remember the name of the street or even the name of the couple that he stayed with along with three other students, which makes life difficult.
Hence he contacted the local newspaper to try and get the word out.
"I want to return the books to the people I took them from, that is my only reason for coming," he told The Cambridge News.
So far he hasn't had much luck returning the books but he has vowed to keep on trying.
Buenaposada said of the books: “I think they have economic and sentimental value. I think it [The Pond I Know] would be a nice one for her to read to her grandchildren and use it to show them wildlife.”
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