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Guilty thief returns $800 from 1980s burglary

HASTINGS, Mich. — A burglar expressing guilt about stealing $800 from a western Michigan store three decades ago has repaid the money, plus some interest.

WOOD-TV says the thief sent a note and $1,200 in $100 bills to the Barry County sheriff’s department in Hastings. They arrived Monday.

The writer admits breaking into a store north of Middleville about 30 years ago.

The writer asks for “help in locating a man” to whom the writer owes the money.

The writer expresses sorrow at living “with this guilt too long.” Undersheriff Bob Baker says it isn’t the kind of thing that happens every day.

Inflation has taken a bite out of the value of the dollar in 30 years, and the stolen $800 would be worth about $1,800 today.



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