Remorseful thief repays debt

11:35 AM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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MIDDLEVILLE, Michigan (WOOD) -- A person who claims to have stolen $800 from a Michigan store 30 years ago has repaid the money in cash -- with interest.

The story began with a letter that arrived in the newsroom of NBC affiliate WOOD Monday morning.

It bore no signature and no return address.

"I'm asking for help in locating a man that I owe the money," an anonymous person wrote in the letter.

In the letter addressed the WOOD News staff and Sheriff, the writer admitted to breaking into what was then the Middle Mart on M-37 just north of Middleville about 30 years ago.

The self-proclaimed burglar didn't specify motive, only admitting to stealing cash from the store.

"It was around $800 or so," the letter specifies.

The letter also doesn't say what the money was used for.

But the anonymous writer did something those in the reporting business call burying the lead:

"I sent some intrist [interest] that's why it's 1200 I sent to the sheriff [sic]," the burglar wrote about halfway through the note.`

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