A family in Ontario, Canada, woke up one morning last week to find a bag with an Xbox, a digital camera, a note, and $50 on their front porch. It took a moment to realize that the camera and video game console were their own.
It turns out that the family, who asked to remain anonymous, had their house broken into while they were out walking their dog, reports CBC News. The thief wrote a heartfelt letter and said that the theft was "the worst mistake in my life."
He/She explained the cash was meant to pay for damages to the screen-door and went on to apologize, stating "I can't put it into words how sorry I am ... This is the first and last time I will ever commit a crime ... Please find it in your hearts to forgive the stranger who harmed you."
According to CTV News, the letter read:
“It was nothing personal and I didn’t go through any of your personal belongings. I have been having a very hard time financially lately and I made the worst mistake of my life."
In addition, the thief promised to complete at least 15 hours of community service in order to "partially atone" for the burglary, according to CBC.
"They (the family) were surprised. They didn't know their home had been violated," Ontario police officer Sgt. Dough Pflug told CBC. He also said that the police were actively looking for the suspect.
There is currently a debate on Reddit about whether the thief should be arrested if found by police. "The point of the justice system is rehabilitation. If a person returns the stolen goods AND is obviously sorry, what more can be done other than to burn a couple hundred thousand tax payer dollars?" Reddit user notcaptainkirk said.
“Just when you lose your faith in humanity,” Sgt. Pflug told CTV News. "Instead of ditching the property in the garbage can, or what have you, they returned it."