Charlotte Hannah
August 09, 2013

Remorseful Thieves Return Stolen Computers to Sexual Assault Nonprofit

When her Los Angeles-based non-profit was broken into and equipment was stolen, executive director Candy Stallings didn’t think she’d ever get the stolen goods back.

But shockingly, less than a day after the theft, Stallings found a shopping cart full of the stolen stuff – which included laptops, computers, children’s books and bags of candy — outside the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office, along with a handwritten note apologizing for the crime.

It seems the burglars had a change of heart after discovering the purpose of the items they stole.

We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people’s live. God Bless.

“Our building does not have our full name on it, so it is likely the thieves wouldn’t know what we do here,” Stallings told ABC News. “But when they found out, they obviously changed their minds and decided to return the stolen items.”

While Stallings still has to pay about $1,000 to repair damage from the burglars, she’s touched they decided to return their haul.

“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.”