Someone who stole more than $2,000 worth of gifts in the Labrador community of Sheshatshiu turns out to have a conscience after all.
Mary Pia Benuen, who had lost an iPad and a laptop computer in the theft, said the gifts were all returned this weekend, with a letter of apology.
"I'm sorry," the thief wrote, adding that the gifts were at the back of Benuen's house. "I didn't take anything. I'm sorry."
Benuen had also briefly lost a gold ring that she had bought for her daughter.
More than $3,000 had been raised for Benuen after people in the community learned of the theft.
Josie Benuen Pone, one of the organizers of the benefit, said Benuen is welcome to keep the money if she wants because "no amount of money can pay for what she went through the last couple of days."
Benuen said she is willing to return the donations. She has declined a friend's offer for a new iPad, and told Mary Ann Penashue, an artist who donated a painting that raised $900 in a fundraiser, that Penashue can keep the money. However, Penashue declined and said she wanted Benuen to keep the money.
Benuen said she is not yet sure what she will do with the rest of the donations.