Social media prompts a thief to change heart

People say social media leads many into crimes, both for planning and executions. But, few can imagine that social media would prompt a thief to change the heart for the better.

Recently, the surveillance cameras caught a man walking into a music school and store in Richmond, Virginia in the US. As no one was looking, he stole a clarinet and cellphone.

A camera behind the counter captured the whole thing, and Richmond police put that video on Twitter and Facebook Tuesday afternoon, seeking the public’s help in finding the thief. Local television news also broadcast the video.

And the employees at the Music Tree School of Music on Wednesday had a surprise when they opened the store for sale.

They found the clarinet, the cellphone and an apology note waiting in a bag outside the store, Richmond police said.

“Please forgive I have been victimized myself,” read the note, typed and printed out from a computer. “my bills are piling up. . . . I’m struggling but this doesn’t give me the right to victimize anyone and I’m sorry.”


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