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Thief returns Munich hotel loot 40 years later

Published: 04 Feb 2013 10:00 GMT+01:00

The leather case, designed to hold paper, envelopes and cards, arrived suddenly at the hotel in Munich's Maximilianstraße in the post, the TZ regional newspaper reported last week.

Together with the long-lost loot came a brief handwritten note. "Sorry," wrote the thief, and admitted having stolen the case back in the 1970s.

The man, who gave his name and a return address, had paid $16.31 for the delivery, wrote the paper without naming him.

However, the given address in the city of Padacuh, Kentucky, does not have a registered phone line and so the paper said it would be contacting the regretful thief by post to find out why he had been moved to return the case four decades after stealing it.

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Your comments about this article

16:59 February 4, 2013 by wxman
For the geography challenged, the city of Paducah is on the Kentucky-Illinois border, not the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
17:42 February 4, 2013 by bwjijsdtd
What bit of difference does it make why he stold it ... the fact that he returned it is all that matters. If the truth be known, it was most likely some GI ... feeling his oats ... and doing stupid things ...
03:56 February 5, 2013 by ChrisRea
I agree, it is good that eventually he returned it, even if apparently he is not the brightest person, as it took him a bit to process the consequences of his actions.
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