- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida newspaper has received a mysterious check from a 73-year-old Navy veteran.

Bernard Schermerhorn says he’s the kind of guy who tries to follow the straight and narrow, but during some high school hijinks more than 50 years ago, he and a buddy stole several newspaper racks from The Ledger. They kept a handful of change and dumped the stands.

Schermerhorn said the incident weighed on his conscience over the years. Late last month, he wrote an apology letter to the paper and sent a $200 check to cover the cost of the newsstands.

Schermerhorn, who now lives in La Mesa, California, said he wanted to make things right.

The Ledger (https://tinyurl.com/kour7fv ) reports the publisher planned to donate the funds to a group that helps victims of domestic sex trafficking.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com

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