Man returns stolen cash to Seattle Sears 60 years later

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 28 at 7:01 PM

SEATTLE -- A man who confessed to stealing money from the downtown Seattle Sears store decades ago gave the money back Monday, and with interest.

At around 10:00 a.m., an elderly man hand-delivered an envelope addressed to "Sears manager" to a customer service counter on the second floor.

Inside the envelope was a note and a $100 bill:

"During the late [forties] I stole some money from the cash register in the amount of $20-$30," the note read. "I want to pay you back this money in the amount of $100 to put in your theft account."

"I think his conscience has been bothering him for the past 60 years," said Sears manager Gary Lorentson.

"That is heartwarming," said one customer, "awesome."

"It must have made him feel good inside to do that," said another.

Store security cameras caught the man on video, but they won't release it, and they don't know who he is.

The store plans to put the money toward helping families they adopt during they holiday season.

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