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Stolen items returned to Richmond music school, along with apology note

Posted at 2:12 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 18:50:26-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The man who stole a smartphone and clarinet from a Richmond music school apparently changed his tune.

One day after Richmond Police posted video of a man taking a smartphone off the front desk at The Music Tree on Stony Point Road, the man returned to the music school to return the phone and a stolen instrument.

He also left an apology note:

please forgive I have been
victimized myself my bills are
piling up my wife Mobility close
to nothing I'm struggling but
this doesn't give me the right to
victimize anyone and I'm sorry
is this stuff nothing is harm I
wouldn't want to happen to me
shamefully I am To My Grave I

Police have not announced whether or not they've identified the man, nor if he's been charged with a crime.

The clarinet belonged to a customer who left it at The Music Tree for a repair, according to business owner Bill Hargis.

He said his customer has owned the clarinet for more than 20 years.

The crime was reported 11:40 a.m. on Monday, November 18.

This is a developing story.