Thief returns money from 1980s burglary

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HASTINGS, Mich. — A burglar expressing guilt about stealing $800 from a western Michigan store three decades ago has repaid the money, plus some interest.

The writer admitted breaking into the Middle Mart on Michigan 37 in Thornapple Township north of Middleville about 30 years ago.

In an unsigned letter packed with emotion and spelling errors, the writer asks for “help in locating a man” to whom the writer owes the money.

The $1,200, while it includes some interest, falls short of making up for the loss in the dollar’s purchasing power over the intervening years. The stolen $800 would be worth about $1,800 today, based on changes in the consumer price index.