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Sorry said with letter and $80

The city has received an anonymous letter and $80 to replace a pelican riding toy stolen from a playground 15 years ago.

"I am striving to straighten up my life with God," the letter says. "At the time I took the toy, I did not think of it as stealing. But as years have passed, it has bothered me that I failed to get permission from whoever was in charge of the playground before I removed the toy."

"I'm glad we have someone who thinks that highly of the parks and recreation department who would want to give this back to us," said Jack Duncan, head of the department that oversees the playground.

But officials said the $80 probably won't buy a new spring-mounted pelican for Brentwood Playground. Duncan said the money will go into the general fund.