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Stolen anti-drug sign returned 30 years later with apology, $50

There's "no statute of limitations on a guilty conscience," police said.

By Ben Hooper
This sign was stolen from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., sometime in the late 1980s and was returned in the mail recently with an apology note and $50. Photo by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department/Facebook
This sign was stolen from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., sometime in the late 1980s and was returned in the mail recently with an apology note and $50. Photo by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department/Facebook

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., April 7 (UPI) -- A mystery prankster who stole an anti-drug sign "in a fit of youthful exuberance" returned the pilfered poster three decades later with an apology note and $50.

The New Smyrna Beach Police Department posted a photo to Facebook showing the "NEW SMYRNA BEACH SAYS NO TO DRUGS" sign along with the letter of apology that accompanied it when city officials received it in the mail.

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The note reads:

"Fathers of NSB, Please accept this sign and funds to reinstall it, as well as my apologies.

Sometime in the late 80's, I stole this sign in a fit of youthful exuberance.

Forgive Me!"

Police said the package contained a $50 money order.

The post said the returned sign proves there's "no statute of limitations on a guilty conscience."

Police said they haven't decided on a new home for the sign.

"Maybe we'll keep it in the police department as a reminder that people can change," Lt. Shane Riggle told WKMG-TV.

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