Berlin – Overcome with remorse at having stolen a bicycle, a thief in Germany wrote the victim a letter and fully recompensated him for the loss, police said on Monday.
After the theft in the Bavarian village of Bidingen was reported, police in nearby Marktoberdorf made an appeal in a local paper for any witnesses to the crime to come forward.
Soon afterwards, the victim received an anonymous letter from the thief containing $501,50 (about R3 500) in cash – the exact value of the bicycle according to the police notice.
“The thief also told the man he was sorry he couldn’t remember where he’d left the bike,” said police spokesperson Gerhard Kreis.
“He may just have been a thoroughly honest person who saw the error of his ways. You still get them you know.”
Courtest of IOL