BARRY COUNTY (AP) – 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 to the Barry County sheriff’s department in Hastings.

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The writer admited to breaking into the Middle Mart on Michigan north of Middleville about 30 years ago.

The writer asked for “help in locating a man” to whom the writer owes the money.

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The writer expressed sorrow at living “with this guilt too long.” Although the letter was unsigned and had no return address.

Inflation has taken a bite out of the value of the dollar in 30 years, and the stolen $800 would be worth about $1,800 today.

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