Apologetic Burglars Return Loot After Realizing They Robbed a Charity
Burglars rarely return to the scene of the crime — much less in order to return the things they stole.
But that's exactly what happened in California last week, just hours after the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services was robbed of several computer, monitors, and other valuables.
Candy Stallings, who runs the nonprofit, says she was called to the office on July 31st after a report came in about a break-in at the office.
The burglars had climbed in through the walls, disabling security systems and motion detectors as they went.
As Stallings left the scene around 1:30 AM, she overheard an officer explain to some "transients" who had gathered near the building what the nonprofit did.
The office has no sign on the door identifying itself in order to protect victims who seek its services.
Just three hours later, Stallings received another call: The burglars were back. But this time, rather than steal more stuff, they had left some stuff behind.
"We had no idea what we were takeing," the burglars wrote in a note attached to the no-longer-stolen goods. "Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless."
Though it will still cost the nonprofit some $1,000 to repair the damages caused by the break-in, Stallings is still grateful for the burglars' sudden change of heart.
"We were all pretty shocked," she told NBC News. "You've got to be kidding me. I was in disbelief, I got chills, I got very emotional."