Skip to comments.Thief Writes Apology Letter, Returns Stolen Gold Rings 15 Years Later
Posted on 01/16/2013 3:19:40 PM PST by lowbridge
The old saying, "Better late than never," rang particularly true for the Riphagen family of suburban Chicago.
The Riphagens had four gold rings returned to them, along with an anonymous letter of apology, 15 years after they had been stolen.
Margot Riphagen, 31, who now lives in Portland, Ore., recalls exactly when the rings were stolen. She was only 16 years old when she had a party that got a bit out of hand. A few items were stolen, most notably those four rings.
"It was a long time ago and it was a pretty bad situation," Riphagen told ABCNews.com. "I invited a few friends over and then all of a sudden there were all these people there I didn't know. We immediately noticed stuff was missing. My parents actually turned me in to the police. They always understood this wasn't my fault, but we had never recovered those rings and I still have no idea who it was."
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Someday I should tell Chico it was I who stole his soap.
It has been haunting me that Tom Seaver got the blame.
Sounds like someone is doing Step 8 and 9 of the 12 Step Program.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
That he didn’t immediately pawn them is amazing in itself.
Maybe he did, then went back 15 years later and redeemed them. It's potentially just as amazing they didn't get sold at the pawn shop. We don't know.
My parents actually turned me in to the police. They always understood this wasn’t my fault....
Huh? Then why did they turn her in if they understood it was not her fault?
Probably to teach her a lesson about having parties at home behind her parents back, worse having strangers over too.
One of my sisters had one of her daughters pull a stunt like this at the age of 17. Said niece wound up calling the police herself when a gigantic crowd showed up after the word spread very quickly that she was having a party while her parents were out of town.
This was about 25 years ago. With today’s cell phones and social media communication capabilities, I am sure such crowd problems are not too uncommon.