Even burglars can have a change of heart as evidenced by the apology note they left when they returned the computers they stole from a non-profit organization that helps those who have been sexually abused.
The San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office was burglarized on the evening of July 31 according to police reports. Thieves entered the building through the ceiling at approximately 10 p.m. Among the goods they heisted were several computer towers, monitors and a laptop.
Executive director Candy Stallings was summoned to the scene by police. Police learned what the nature of the business was from some transients in the area.
The police called Stallings again at about 4:30 a.m. the next morning because there had been reports of suspicious activity around the business. She returned to her place of business but this time she and the police were amazed at what they found.
A shopping cart was parked in front of the door. Inside were all the computers, the laptop and everything that had been taken earlier. One crime scene investigator about to dust the laptop for prints opened the lid. Inside was a note to the owners of the business.
The burglars apologized for their crime, saying that hadn’t realized what kind of business it was. They returned the hardware and said they hoped the facility could continue helping and making a difference in people’s lives.
The note moves Stallings, making her very emotional and giving her chills.
Even members of the police team were stunned. San Bernardino Police Lt. Paul Williams said it was the first time in his experiences that he had seen stolen property returned. He attributed the act to a guilty conscience.
The note was taken as evidence but Stallings made a copy of it and plans to frame it.