Teen Gives Elk Grove Store Owner $200 To Make Up For Years Of Stealing

ELK GROVE (CBS13) – An extraordinary act of redemption in Elk Grove has stunned a store owner.
A teenager walked into a store and handed the owner $200.  A note with the money said the cash was to make up for years of stealing.

The incident happened at a convenience store and repair shop on Elk Grove Boulevard.

Owner Bobby Anand says the teen handed him an envelope with the money because the boy says he stole from the store daily for two years.

The teen also left a letter explaining that he’s now a Christian and wants to clear his conscience.
“I’ve never seen anybody give money back even people who owe you money. (Laughs) Something like this is pretty crazy, I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Bobby Anand.
Anand says he has no plans to pursue charges against the teen.

  • Sthomas

    Religion is a choice. Whether we decide to follow one or not, it is up to the individual. Stealing is another choice. When you decide to do anything, there are consequences. Those consequences are your own responsibility. This individual needed Christianity to deal with the consequences and take responsibility for his “DECISION”. I personally don’t need religion to make good decisions, some do. Although I am agnostic, I believe that Religion is a good thing for many people and this is a great example of why it is needed and why it is good for those that need it.

    For those of us who are “Bright” (a general term for those that are not religious), typically don’t try and push our own understandings on others. It really all comes down to these four words:

    If you make good Decisions in life, you really don’t need much more to live a fulfilling life.

    • Ron

      It’s unique how you took this opportunity to subtlely slander religion in general under the guise of trying to pat this guy on the back for his excellent moral choice. For the record, he didn’t push anything; he just gave credit where it was due. One might think that you have never done anything wrong out of confusion or youthful ignorance. I’m willing to bet there are more bones in your closet than you are willing to admit in your comment; you need Christ more than you know, and you obviously have litle idea of what it’s like to have your spiritual man suddenly brought to life and awareness. A quickened conscience is just one of the benefits. Hopefully one day you will find out. Good luck with your “brightness.”

      • sthomas

        No actually I have no bones in my closet. I was responding the the religious context of some of the earlier comment. Again I believe religion is a good thing in this world. I believe that most religious and christians are good people. I was born catholic. I was an alter boy, and so was my brother who was molested by a priest. I was fortunate to have avoided that atrocity (under the guise of religion). I am well rounded and have been on both sides. I have decided that religion or the belief in god is not needed to be a good person and have a pure soul. You are a bitter person and it is evident in your reply. I don’t blame you for not understanding the personal choices of others when they differ from yours. You may go ahead a pray for all of us non-believers, that is your choice.

      • JJ

        Ron, Well said….

      • Cass

        Bravo Ron, well stated.

    • Kim

      A non-religious “Amen” to you!

      • JJ

        Very interesting…Did you know that God hates religion? That is what killed Jesus. God wants relationship not religion….

    • Poolchick

      Well said!

    • JJ

      If you Choose God, you will make better Decisions, thus less Consequences, and that is Responsible. If you don’t choose God, you are not to “Bright”
      It sounds like you are so full of yourself that there is no room for God. I pray God will forgive you for your arrogance and you will find His forgiveness…

      • Sthomas

        The Brights: This is a recently created network of individuals who view the universe as “free of supernatural and mystical elements.” Brights consist of a diverse community including: Agnostics, Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Rationalists, Secularists, religious skeptics, as well as some Buddhists, Unitarian Universalists, Wiccans, Neopagans, and followers of other religions.

        I appreciate your kind words for what happened to my brother. As everyone knows that more human lives have been taken and forsaken in “the name of god”. It is a fact and part of our human existance. Again, I am not bitter at religion nor god. I don’t get why all those who are religious have such a self-righteous attitude that you can’t believe that someone like me, and live their life without your same beliefs…but I do live my life fully and completely without your or anyone else’s beliefs. As I stated, I simply have decided to not follow a religion nor a god. I don’t need to believe in God ot make better decisions. I believe in being a good person. I am responsible for all of my own decisions. No one else is….just me. I am not trying to push my own feelings on you or all of the other religious self-righteous pushers here on this comment blog. You and I can live side-by-side in complete harmony. I can do that with all good people…regardless of whether they are believers of a god or not. Life is great for my family and me. I think what you see as my “arrogance” is actually my complete understanding of who I am when it comes to religion and god. I can see that as threatening for those who are like you, but I am not to be afraid of. I am just a different kind of thinker than you and Ron are. We are all ignorant of all things that are not of our own experience. I am ingnorant of your lifes experience and you are ignorant of mine.. doesn’t mean either is more right or more wrong…..just different. Peace.

    • JJ

      sThomas, I’m sorry for what happened to your brother. Many of us have had bad experiences but God didn’t do those bad things it was man with his evil nature. It sounds like you are bitter against the church and God. I stated earlier that God hates religion; He wants relationship. Man and his religion has committed so many atrocities of the centuries that any sane person hate religion. I hope you find that relationship with God.

      • JCWC

        sThomas, so that’s it? we just try to live life with good decisions & die? no life after death? then why are we here for? just to live to make good decisions?

      • Brandon

        Sthomas: I am 15 and i am a christian. You’re saying people are only religious to be good people and make good decisions and that is not the case. God sent his son to earth to die for us on the Cross as stated in the Bible. The Bible also tells of great natural disasters occuring on earth ( tsunami). The bible is yet to be proven wrong adn never will be. If you you believe in the big bang theory i have no idea why. Something had to exist to began God or cells(big bang theory) Why not believe in the Lord when he has the delivered his son and the Bible as proof. The big bang theory is a THEORY not fact. Just a bunch of experiments combined to make it. God loves us and always will.

    • JCWC

      sThomas, so that’s it? we just try to live life with good decisions & die? no life after death? then why are we here for? just to live to make good decisions?

    • Nikki

      It’s not religion that brought this young man to his choice it was God. We don’t need religion we need a savior. It’s not just good for some people, it’s important for all :)

  • Concerned Citizen

    What a beautiful story. Hurray for this young gentleman! There are no “perfect” people on this planet that I know of. The beauty lies in acknowledging our errors, receiving forgiveness, and then making efforts to amend our ways in the future. Although a faith in a higher power might not be helpful to all, it is for the grand majority. We don’t have an ending to this story yet…generally when someone is effected by goodness it tends to spread all around.

    • jason

      Hi Concerned Citizen – if someone took nearly $3,300 from your pocket, and showed up 2 years later with $200 – would you feel OK with that amount?

      • Concerned Citizen

        Hi Jason,
        As a retired Public Health Nurse with over 20 years dealing with those who many times did not make “right” decisions, I will walk with and support anyone who makes a choice to change the path they are on and walk a different road. I would want them to do the same with me.

      • Poolchick

        I would definintely be OK with that. To me it doesn’t matter that the amount does not add up to what he stole. The point is the kid is now on the right path and that is worth more than $200 or $3000. Maybe that was all he could afford to give back and at least it was something. It most likely made him feel better and there is nothing wrong with that. Good for him.

      • JJ

        Jason, Too negative….The fact that he did SOMETHING beats 99.9% of the crimes committed everyday.

      • teresa

        Its not about the money, its about the young boy stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing. Everyone has made mistakes big and litlle, the people you love the most have made mistakes you may not know it, because they didnt share it. This young boy never got caught he could of kept that to himself the rest of his life, but guess what his father God that he repected enough knew, and the young boy got forgivness now he can go on and never feel guilty. God will bless him richly for what he did, and the store owner will also be blessed for having a forgiving heart.

  • laurie 209

    I am so proud of this young man.

  • Rlc

    Many may not believe God’s perfect guidance can help us imperfect people to be good citizens to our communities or good persons to the general public. I do believe if each one of us know how to apply God’s teachings in our lives, we are sure to always end like this young man. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.”

    ” Every breathing thing—let it praise Jah. Praise Jah, YOU people!” -Psalm 150:6.

    • Jason

      Rlc – why not just be a decent human being, for the sake of being a decent human being? The problem many have with those involved with Religion is that it seems nothing is actually done out of the kindness of man. It all comes down to “I’m a good person so that I will get into Heaven”-or- “I don’t do these things, because I may not get into Heaven”. I really don’t mean to sound as cheesy as I’m about to, but seriously: “just be good, for goodness sake.”
      Oh, and when you take over $3,000 from someone, don’t rest easy on a $200 payback.

  • Catt

    All that I can say in this situation is “To God Be the Glory” I so proud of you my brother in Chirst! Amen!

    Your Sister in Christ!

  • Mary

    Finally!….Some good news

  • SherryF16

    Good for this young man. Exactly what God wanted him to do and he did it even though it was embarassing. I am impressed!!!!!

  • Allison

    That is exactly what it’s all about! Great job, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

  • DGirl101

    You don’t have to be a christian to do the right thing. What this kid did was brave and a show of maturity. I’m proud of him for having done it too. Let’s hope others learn from this and follow his example.

    • Jason

      exactly- don’t admit your crimes to the police. Instead, admit them to the victim in hopes that you can avoid all aspects of accountability- including legal accountability. After all, if I THINK I’m right with the Lord, then I must actually be right with the Lord…..right?

      • JJ

        Jason, The bible will tell you if you are right with the Lord. Your thinking and feeling will get you into trouble. ALWAYS depend on the Word; it has everything you need for life and instruction.

  • Jason

    If the kid took a $1 bag of chips, and a $1.25cent soda each time, he actually owes the store $3,285. That’s based on a total theft of less than $5/day.
    The brave thing would have been admitting to the police that he was a thief, not the store owner. Putting not even 10% of what he took in an envelope with a note on it, and walking out of the store, is a cowards act of redemption. Buying the merchandise you stole for 2 years is not redemption. I’ll be impressed when he turns himself into police, instead of saying “I’ve made myself right with the lord, so no one else matters”.

    • Geb

      Why is going to the police better or braver than admitting a petty crime to the person against whom the crime has been committed? The store owner could have turned him in to the police anyway. The $200.00 may have been a mere token compared to the actual retail value of what was stolen, but it may have been an enormous sum of money to the kid. If the owner accepts the kid’s apology and forgives him, and no harm has come to anyone else, than justice has been served. No, not Old Testament justice as in an eye for an eye (dollar for dollar)–this is poetic justice.

      • Jason

        because a crime, is a crime, is a crime. Saying “sorry” does not erase the crime. The only reason anyone is willing to give this kid a second chance, and applaud him the entire way, is because he threw God into the ring. If he had just said that he felt bad, everyone would be going after the criminal angle.
        Also, since Jesus has never come down and unlocked a cell door, I have to assume that Mans Law has always, and will ALWAYS prevail over Gods Law. With there being things that the Bible allows, that Man does not, I have to again assume that Mans Law prevails. Mans Law does not have a “oopsy” policy like the bible does. As a Christian, I know that I can always ask forgiveness, regardless of what I’ve done. As a human being, vulnerable to the Law, I also know that being forgiven will not keep me from being punished. Again, I am not turning a blind eye to my faith. I’m just not turning a blind eye to Legal Justice, either.

      • Jason

        By the way, Mr. Liberal Translation: an eye for an eye would be stealing from this kid, twice a day, for two years. I’ll go more dramatic so that it makes more sense to you: If you murder me, and my wife sticks her tongue out at you- is that an Eye for an Eye?

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  • Bearcat

    Who’s to say he will not return in a few months with more money. He did not have to do anything at all when did not get caught , but he did !!! Sending him to jail might have not change his life style for the better!!!

    • jason

      Right – better to teach him that a simple Apology will always make up for his crimes. He can rob any store he wants, as long as he pays them back within 2 years, and apologizes. He can steal any car he wants, as long as he pays the insurance premium, and apologizes. He can take cash from any person that he wants, as long as he returns their wallet 2 years later, and says that he is sorry. Give me a break! Mans Law beats Gods Law. Mans Law says “saying ‘my bad’ doesn’t make it better”. God might be OK with that, and I am almost certain this young man will still get into heaven, if he makes a pit stop in Prison first. How can you really learn from the negative things you’ve done, if you never have to suffer the consequences? This kid hasn’t learned a single thing if this is what he took from the Bible.
      By the way, you don’t get to decide which parts of the Bible are true to their word, and which ones can be played with.

      • Bearcat

        What have you done wrong in your life, that gives reason to dislike what this kid by returning ” WHAT HE COULD AT THE TIME” Everybody has done something wrong in there life. The kid’s and the store owner life is better off because of what the kid did. I hope you can find peace in your life like they have.

  • JJ

    OK lets do the math. He stole everyday for 2 years. Lets average out the cost of something he could put easily in his pocket: $1. 365 x 2 = 730 days. That is $730 dollars. I think he still owes……….
    Just kidding! He is an outstanding youth. If we had more like him we might even have a good government someday…….God gets the glory!!!

  • JJ

    The cup is half full in this case. And swindler has nothing to do with stealing. if you would spend time educating yourself; you would have less time to make ignorant statements. But just as that young man changed so we will wait for you…..

  • Friend

    Jesus didn’t teach that you go to heaven for doing “good things.” He taught that we have all sinned and fall short of the standard of perfection. He taught that no matter “how good” i try to be, i’m still bad.

    When we realize this and decide to let God have our life, we don’t at this moment become “good people” but we can be washed clean. We can become a “new creation.” It’s because of what He did, not what i do.

    The store owner was the victim, by man’s law here it’s his free choice to do what he wants with the situation. I think it’s great that he is showing forgiveness. Anyone can demand justice, but to give grace takes a great deal of strength indeed.

    Teen guy- it took a lot of guts to walk into that store. Don’t stop, God has a plan for you.

  • 916 lady

    We need more ppl that think like JJ here!! You people talking negative about this positive story are completely wrong. Why must people always find something BAD to say about a good deed. Regardless of how much or little he stole, the fact is he didn’t have to confess to stealing, let alone give the money back (because the owner wouldn’t have known anyways), but he chose to tell the truth and be honest. That shows good character, better than the most of us.

  • teresa

    Jason Iam praying that you will give your heart to God, and be filled with the holy spirit as it will be the only thing that can change your heart. God gave his only son for us to have eternal life. God dont weigh sin all sin is the same to him so if you are judging that boy you are no better than he was when he stole, the difference is he has recieved forgivness, and maby thats what you need to do is ask God to mend your heart and to give you love for others. Iam praying for you in Jesus name.

  • frank

    Are there any good people. God’s word says Roman 3:9-26 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
    10 As it is written:

    “ There is none righteous, no, not one;
    11 There is none who understands;
    There is none who seeks after God.
    12 They have all turned aside;
    They have together become unprofitable;
    There is none who does good, no, not one.”[b]
    13 “ Their throat is an open tomb;
    With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;[c]

    “ The poison of asps is under their lips”;[d]
    14 “ Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”[e]
    15 “ Their feet are swift to shed blood;
    16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
    17 And the way of peace they have not known.”[f]
    18 “ There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g]

    19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    God’s Righteousness Through Faith

    21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

    I commend this boy for doing what he did,but repented,turned from sin and trusted in Jesus as his Lord and Savior that is enough. Jesus died on the cros for all his sins past and future. He was obviously convicted to give back. We are saved by good works. We are saved by grace in faith through Jesus Christ.
    God bless this young man and the owner.

    • Nikki

      There is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace, it’s not by works we are saved, it’s by accepting His free gift of salvation :)



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