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Decades later, Grinch who stole Christmas lights sends $50

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OWENDALE, Mich. (AP) -- A Grinch who stole Christmas lights from a small Michigan town has repented decades later by sending $50.

The money and apology recently arrived in the mail in Owendale in Michigan's Thumb region. The letter wasn't signed, but the writer was remorseful over an incident that occurred after a night of drinking in the 1960s.

The writer says the theft of lights "bothers me more and more. Please forgive me."

Village Treasurer Manuel Thies believes the lights probably were on a large Christmas tree in the center of town. The money is going into Owendale's general fund but the letter will be framed and displayed.

Thies tells the Huron Daily Tribune that it will be a reminder that it's never too late to do the right thing.

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