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Stolen computers arrive back at nonprofit -- with apology note

Burglars break into the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office and steal PCs and a laptop. Then they seem to realize whose they are. So they break in again.

The note.
ABC7 News Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You will either take this tale as one that shows even burglars have a heart.

Or you will take it as a surprise that people still want to steal PCs.

Still, the facts seem to show that some miscreants performed a touch of Tom Cruise and entered an office building east of L.A. through the ceiling.

They stole some PCs and a laptop.

The next morning, they appear to have broken in again. Did they need something else? No, they had decided to return everything.

As NBC News reports, they also left a note, slipped inside the laptop.

It read: "We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a differerence in peoples live. God bless." (All spelling as on the note.)

Somehow, the burglars had discovered that they had stolen computers from the San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services office.

As ABC 7 News reported, the office has no sign outside, in order to protect those who desperately need its help.

The nonprofit's executive director, Candy Stallings, told NBC News: "We were all pretty shocked. You've got to be kidding me. I was in disbelief. I got chills. I got very emotional."

The police admitted they'd never heard of thieves returning property. It seems counter to their intentions.

Some might wonder about how the burglars managed to break into the building twice.

Still, it's not as if these thieves are without blemish. The burglary will still cost the center around $1,000 in repairs.

Perhaps Stallings could leave a note outside explaining what needs to be done and some mysterious individuals could come by in the middle of the night to do all the work.