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Thief in Frankfort returns stolen items with an apology letter

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A thief returned several stolen items to a Frankfort business, and he included an apology note.

The suspect is accused of stealing a pontoon boat, a flat screen TV and some other items from the Frankfort Boat Club. He may have had a change of heart after police shared video of him committing the crime on social media.

Police said surveillance video shows the man lurking around the Frankfort Boat Club last weekend.

"He got in the pontoon that is behind me and went up the river for 15 or 20 minutes and come back with three other friends," said Rodney Simpson, Dock Commodore for The Frankfort Boat Club.

Simpson said hidden surveillance cameras caught the thief and his friends in the act.

"They rambled up and down the dock for a while and filled 'em some loot bags and three of 'em left and a few minutes later, the other one left carrying the bags."

That's when Simpson reached out to his friend, the Franklin County Sheriff.

"Asked him if he would just look at these pictures and see if he recognized anybody, and he put 'em on his Facebook," Simpson said.

"We got 'em up and immediately started getting information," Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.

Sheriff Melton said the response on social media turned up the heat on the main suspect.

"Our Facebook automatically goes out to about 12,000 people. So, I mean, you talk about making it hot, we made it hot."

And what happened next surprised everyone.

"That's the first time I've seen somebody bring stuff back plus a letter of apology," Simpson said.

The suspect returned the stolen items and left an apology letter. It started with, "I am very sorry," but it might be too late.

"It's always good to have the items returned," said Sgt. Dustin Bowman with Frankfort Police. "That's ultimately our goal, but there's still a crime that was committed that has to be faced."

"I think that's the power of Facebook," Simpson said.

Meanwhile, in addition to social media, Simpson is glad the club invested in surveillance cameras.

"I think it paid for it on this one deal," he said. "I think we paid for our system."

Even though the boat and all of the items have been returned, these suspects are still facing theft charges.

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