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Burglars Return Loot To Group That Helps Sex Assault Victims

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 8, 2013

Let’s start our day with a feel-good story:

The burglar (or burglars) who broke into the offices of the San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sexual Assault Services on July 31 and stole several computers and monitors apparently had a change of heart after finding out that the people at the agency help victims of sexual violence.

The next night, someone returned the stolen goods and also left behind a note, as the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and local news outlets report. The note’s message:

“We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless.”

Candy Stallings, the center’s director, thinks she knows who spread the word that led to the stolen goods’ return. After the burglary, police talked with homeless people in the area around the center’s offices — “explaining what our facility does and the services we provide to the community,” she says. Stallings believes those homeless people then told others.

Los Angeles’ KABC-TV has a video report here. It adds that the agency “is still out $5,000 because of damage that they will have to raise themselves.” The agency is looking for help in covering those costs. It’s website is here and it’s on Facebook here.

(H/T to NPR’s Kathy Rushlow.) [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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