Burglars Return Stolen Computers To California Nonprofit, Leave Heartwarming Note Apologizing For Theft [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on August 8, 2013 6:04 PM EDT

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Burglars (not pictured) returned a bunch of computers they stole from a nonprofit office in California. The center helped sexual assault victims. (Photo: Reuters)

It's not every day a thief returns his hard-earned bounty willingly. But that's exactly what happened in California, where rueful burglars returned stolen computers to the place they took them from. The gracious thieves, apparently feeling the sobering sting of guilt, even left a note apologizing for taking the computers in the first place.

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After the crooks absconded with six computers, including five desktops and a laptop, from the County Sexual Assault Services office in San Bernardino, Calif., they apparently had a change of heart and placed the computers back on the doorstep of the office with a note saying, "Here's your stuff back."

The bizarre burglary happened last Wednesday in San Bernardino, a city about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. NBC Los Angeles reports that the crooks made a very "Mission Impossible" style entrance when they came into the office through a ceiling crawl space around 10 p.m. July 31. They even cut phone wires and alarm cables to bypass the security system. They collected a number of computer towers and monitors, and a laptop.

But when Candy Stallings, the nonprofit's executive director, arrived at the office the following morning, she was surprised to find all of the computers piled in front of the office entrance.

"All my stuff was in front of the door," Stallings told NBC. "There was a shopping cart, and there were the PCs that were taken, there was the laptop - everything was there."

Inside the laptop was a note, left by the burglars who returned the stolen computers.

"We had no idea what we were taking," the note read. "Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a differerence [sic] in people's lives. God Bless."

Even though the thieves showed that even crooks are capable of compassion, the nonprofit is still out $5,000, according to ABC 7 News.

ABC 7 News reports on the burglars who returned stolen computers in this news clip uploaded to YouTube:

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