Candy Stallings, executive director of San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services, was devastated to learn that thieves had stolen six computers from the nonprofit’s office last Wednesday.
But just hours after word had gotten out, something happened that police say they’ve never seen before.
The thieves returned everything that was taken, including a laptop computer with a note inside.
“We had no idea what we were takeing [sic],” the note read, according to a local television station. “Here [sic] your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people’s lives. God Bless.”
Police are still trying to solve the case, but were shocked to learn of the twist in events.
“In many years and decades of being in law enforcement, I’ve never seen someone return an item out of guilt,” San Bernardino Police Lt. Paul Williams told KABC-TV.
“I don’t know what to feel,” Miss Stallings said. “One minute I’m devastated, and the next minute I just thought, ‘Wow, this is just incredible.’ “
She said she’s going to frame the note.
“It’s going to continue to tell each and everyone one of the staff here that do this work that you never know when you’re going to touch somebody,” she added.