Candy Stallings, executive director of San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services, said she received a phone call from her alarm company around 10:30 p.m. Friday and she arrived at the office to find police investigating a break-in, ABC News reported Thursday.
The thieves had taken six computer towers, a laptop, computer speakers, children's story books and 100 bags of candy. They had also cut the building's telephone wires.
Stallings said she went home around 2 a.m. and received a call from police about two hours later.
"I got a call from San Bernardino Police directly, who said, 'Candy, can you please come back down? We have some suspicious activity,'" she said. "And I was thinking to myself, 'This is too much. We are not going to recover from this.'"
However, she arrived to discover police had found the stolen items in a shopping cart left outside the building. There was a note folded inside the laptop.
"We had no idea what we were taking. Here is your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people's lives. God Bless," the note read.
Stallings said she was shocked.
"I got chills when I saw the note," she said. "I was teary eyed, and I had so many mixed emotions."
Police said they are continuing to investigate the burglary and the perpetrators would still face charges if they are caught.
UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014