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Mich. burglar pays money back after 30 years

Guilty conscience

Burglar pays money back after 30 years

A burglar expressing guilt about stealing $800 from a western Michigan store three decades ago has repaid the money, plus some interest. The anonymous thief sent a note and $1,200 in $100 bills to the Barry County Sheriff's Department in Hastings, and they arrived Monday, WOOD-TV reports. The writer admitted breaking into the Middle Mart on Michigan 37 in Thornapple Township north of Middleville about 30 years ago. In a letter packed with emotion and spelling errors, the writer asks for "help in locating a man" to whom the writer owes the money. "Anyways, I did a very bad thing that I am shamed of and have lived with this guilt," the writer said. "I can't begin to say how sorry iam but have lived with this guilt too long," the letter went on to say. "If you do find him, please tell him that I was afoolish stupid man when I did that and iam sorrie." The letter was unsigned and had no return address.

No sex on the beach

Wis. to close nude site on weekdays

Wisconsin officials say they will close down a well-known nude beach on weekdays to reduce problems with outdoor sex and drug use. Nudists from around the country have been traveling to the beach near Mazomanie for decades. Wardens arrested 26 people for illicit sex and 16 people for drugs during just nine days of surveillance in 2011. The agency announced Tuesday it will close the beach, surrounding islands and wooded areas on weekdays.

Tired of the train

Police: Woman's car blocked tracks

Police say a drunk and disorderly woman so dislikes train whistles that she parked her car on some southwestern Pennsylvania railroad tracks to stop trains from coming through town. Monongahela Police Chief Brian Tempest tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter that 42-year-old Bridgett Dixon was "sick and tired of hearing the horn blowing" though, he noted, "she doesn't even live that close to the tracks." Police found Dixon's car parked on the tracks, with the driver's door open and no keys in the ignition, about 11:30 Friday night.

sticker shock

Pickax tag leads to burglary suspect

Authorities in Louisiana say they tracked a man accused of stealing drugs from a pharmacy because he left behind a pickax he used to break in — and forgot to remove the price tag. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Col. John Fortunato says the sticker included a bar code indicating when and where the pickax was bought. The store had video of the purchase. Fortunato tells the Times-Picayune that a store near the pharmacy had surveillance video from the night of the burglary, showing the same man and a vehicle license plate. Fortunato says drugs from the pharmacy were found during a search of 43-year-old Scott Rodrigue's home.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

Mich. burglar pays money back after 30 years 03/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:36pm]
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