Thief shows remorse – three decades later

A burglar who stole $800 from a western Michigan store three decades ago has repaid the money, plus some interest.

The anonymous thief sent a note and $1,200 in $100 bills to the Barry County sheriff’s department in Hastings, and they arrived Monday.

The writer admitted breaking into the Middle Mart on Michigan 37 in Thornapple Township north of Middleville about 30 years ago.

In a letter packed with emotion and spelling errors, the writer asks for “help in locating a man” to whom the writer owes the money.

“Anyways, I did a very bad thing that I am shamed of and have lived with this guilt,” the writer said. “I can’t begin to say how sorry iam but have lived with this guilt too long,” the letter went on to say. “If you do find him, please tell him that I was afoolish stupid man when I did that and iam sorrie.”

The letter was unsigned and had no return address.

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11 Responses to “Thief shows remorse – three decades later”


  1. 1 Gigi March 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Working so Close to U of W and also riding a Cindercone (a 94 mind you!) I smmteioes worry about the migration of bike thieves from the U of W campus to the Tech park for richer pickings. I used to just Cable lock it at our old location on Phillip and Albert, but in the tech park, it is good U-bolt AND Cable lock on the front wheel) all the way. Nothing is foolproof, but as long as there are nicer bikes with cheaper locks close to mine I’ll worry a little less.BTW, U of W has always been Bike theft central. I had my Custom build Montagna stolen off campus in 91. The only real solution, unfortunately , is to ride a cluncker (try recycle cycles, awesome place) or cover your frame in black electrical tape(lol jk). And yes, your bike is in another city being sold most likely

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  2. 3 Ariniaina March 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Yes, UW definitely needs beettr bike parking facilities. As a faculty member at UW, I’d like to work on that in a couple of years, as I get suckered into being on more committees. Something that can help at least grad students is the ability to bring a bike indoors; I was visiting Berkeley and that was very helpful. It’s sure beettr than building more parking spots for cars.

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