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Guilty Grinch returns pilfered package on New Year's Eve

By
Ben Hooper

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A California woman whose package was stolen from her parents' porch days before Christmas said the remorseful thief returned the box on New Year's Eve.

Brittany Hale said a security camera at her parents' Rancho Santa Margarita home was recording Dec. 21 when a woman stole a package containing personalized collages of photos from her wedding that were meant to be Christmas gifts for her parents and grandparents.

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Hale released the video in the hopes of reaching the thief and convincing them to return the photos, and the gambit appears to have worked -- the security camera recorded the woman making a second visit to the home on New Year's Eve and returning the packages.

"Starting 2018 off with the stolen wedding photos returned," Hale said in a Facebook post. "Last night the lady that stole them had the heart to return them. I am thankful that this lady did the right thing and returned what was not hers. I can only hope she has learned a lesson from stealing other people's property."

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