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Thief leaves an apology note

Post by Kitkat on 12th May 2015, 22:52

Oh, this news article really brought a tear to my eye - for both the victim and the thief.  It's just so sad from both sides of the story.   Crying or Very sad

Bird bath thief's apology note to 'devastated' owner


The note, written on a piece of cardboard, was left on the doorstep

A thief who stole a bird bath from a garden in Newcastle returned to the scene to leave an apology note.

The theft of the large stone ornament from the Kingston Park area left the 82-year-old owner devastated, as it was a present from her late husband and was her "pride and joy".

Following an appeal by police, a few days later a note written on a piece of cardboard was left on the doorstep.

It read: "I am so very sorry... when I can afford to, I will replace it."

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "It is clear that the offender feels guilty about his actions and I would urge him to come forward and contact police so we can reunite the bird bath with its owner.

"Similarly, if you have recently received a birthday present that matches the description of the bird bath taken from this vulnerable victim's garden then please get in touch."

'Empty spot'

The letter read: "I am so very sorry. I wouldn't in a million years have done this but I had to.

"It is my mother's birthday and I am in a very bad place. I can't afford a birthday present and she doesn't know how bad it is.

"With deep regrets, sorry. This is all I can think of I am so very sorry. When I can afford it I will replace it."

The woman wrote a letter in response, which read: "I loved watching the antics of the birds in my bird bath and the birds are missing it too.

"Yesterday a pair of collared doves who are daily visitors just sat on the fence facing the empty spot for over an hour.

"It was bought 25 years ago by my husband who is now deceased.

"We were married for 53 years. A new bird bath won't ever replace it."

The bird bath is described as three foot tall, stone in a Pompeii ash colour, with a wide basin at the top and an acanthus leaf pattern up the stem.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-32711820
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Post by Jamboree on 13th May 2015, 04:11

Hmmm  Suspect   Not too sure about that story.  Has suspicious similarities to this one
http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_1a076a40-20f2-11e3-b761-001a4bcf887a.html   cleverclogs  

Could be one of those circular myths.

I'm not falling for it.  toetap  It's the cardboard that does it for me.  Rolling Eyes tongue
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Re: Thief leaves an apology note

Post by Kitkat on 13th May 2015, 09:36

@Jamboree wrote:Hmmm  Suspect   Not too sure about that story.  Has suspicious similarities to this one
http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_1a076a40-20f2-11e3-b761-001a4bcf887a.html   cleverclogs  

Could be one of those circular myths.

I'm not falling for it.  toetap  It's the cardboard that does it for me.  Rolling Eyes tongue

obgob I think you might be a bit overly suspicious there, Jamboree.
I have checked with both Snopes and Hoax or Not, and there's no mention on either site.
That doesn't mean that it's not a made-up story of course but that link that you put up is not exactly recent (2013) and it's not exactly the same story. I would have thought Snopes would have cottoned on to it by now if there was any suspicion there.

I hope we get a follow-up to the story anyway. I'd like to know what happens next.

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