A Dry Cleaner Robbery Turns Into A Redemption Story

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A robbery that occurred last month, take an unbelievable twist when the robber anonymously return the money.

When a robber held up a dry cleaner on York Road, there was a very recognizable witness to the crime who tried to stop it with his cane.

“I just saw boom boom” says Joe Curran, the father in law of former Governor Martin O’Malley and former Attorney General.

The dry cleaner gave the surveillance tape showing the crime to police, who then released the suspect’s photo to the public. No one could have predicted what happened next.

“This arrived in the mail.” says store owner Helen Paik, “When mail come, I open, money is in here.”

Paik couldn’t believe her eyes. In the envelope was was $120 in cash and an apology letter from the suspect.

The envelope had no return address and was post marked on September 6th, the same date as the robbery.

“This letter is to apologize for my actions. I stole money…that was not mine to take and for that I am truly sorry. ” said the anonymous letter  “I take full responsibility for my actions. I pray for your forgiveness. I am a peaceful, kind and lovable man but when I do drugs, I am not in the right frame of mind to function properly. I hope you fund it in your heart to forgive me for what I  have done.”

Paik says she wishes the unknown suspect the best, and hopes he gets the help he needs.

“Yeah I forgave him” says Paik, “we forgave him.”

Paik and her family want to donate the returned money to a drug treatment charity.

Police have not identified the suspect but he is still wanted for assault and robbery.

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