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Petty thief returns purse to police after 40 years

Christine Demsteader · 13 Mar 2010, 11:14

Published: 13 Mar 2010 11:14 GMT+01:00

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The petty crook confessed his actions and regret in writing after finding the wallet with a crisp 50-crown note and running off with it in the all those years ago.

He admitted to being drunk and broke at the time. "I have bitterly regretted what I did and the problem was that I forgot where I had put it," he wrote.

After finding it by accident he decided it was time to clear his conscience.

The wallet was intact with the original owner’s driving licence inside. The 50-kronor ($7) note had been replaced with 1,000 kronor ($142) to compensate the thief’s actions.

The police were surprised by the admission. "It’s unbelievable and we’ve never come across anything like this before," said Vansbro police chief Lars Johansson to newspaper Dala Demokraten.

Officers went straight to work in an attempt to trace the owner.

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"Unfortunately he is now deceased but we will pass on the wallet and money to his relatives," Johansson added.

Christine Demsteader (christine.demsteader@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:32 March 13, 2010 by cattie
Sounds like a case of a recovering alcoholic making amends. The present value of 50 SEK 40 years ago is a bit more than 1000 SEK.
18:41 March 13, 2010 by wxman
Terrific. Deprive a fellow human being of their money and identity, then when it's too late to even matter, return it ANONYMOUSLY to clear your conscience.
19:39 March 13, 2010 by ccnyberg
whoah guys, he couldve not done anything at all, and never make amends. This is at least something proving that even criminals have conscience.
17:16 March 14, 2010 by TYGER
Gentleman,just remember GOD(the FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST)is in full control.satan can do nothing unless GOD allows it.What GOD lays before us we have to make the right or

wrong choice. More times than not we make the wrong one(we're

born with the sin nature). GOD made us with a conscience.Once

the HOLY SPIRIT begans to work on our conscience HE will guide

us in the right way.Once the SPIRIT begans to draw you IF you

except HIS convictions it want be long before you will except

JESUS CHRIST as your LORD AND SAVIOUR.You see GOD never gives up on you or me, we give up on HIM.



22:43 March 14, 2010 by furiouskittens
I think it is nice that the thief returned the wallet. Sure he never should have taken it to begin with, but come on, he's trying to be nice now.

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