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An elderly man who claims he stole money from a Sears cash register sixty years ago recently returned to repay the store with interest. A local TV station reported that the man hand-delivered an envelope addressed to “Sears Manager.” Inside the envelope was a note confessing the theft and a $100 bill. The note read,”During the late (forties) I stole some money from the cash register in the amount of $20-$30. I want to pay you back this money in the amount of $100 to put in your theft account.”

Many customers who heard about the man’s actions said they thought it was a genuine, heartfelt act that must have made him feel good. Manager Gary Lorenston said store security cameras caught the man on video, but said Sears did not know who the man was, nor would they release the tape. He said the store plans to use the money to help families in need during the holiday season. Lorenston added, the man’s conscience “has been bothering him for the past 60 years.”

--Elderly man repays Sears for cash he stole in 1940s, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57332845-504083/elderly-man-repays-sears-for-cash-he-stole-in-1940s ; November 29, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Luke 19:8 (CEV) Later that day Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "I will give half of my property to the poor. And I will now pay back four times as much to everyone I have ever cheated."

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