Guilty Thief Returns Stolen Christmas Lights: 'I Want To Humbly Apologize'

A Staten Island thief had a change of heart on Staten Island.

A thief who was shamed on social media for taking holiday decorations from a New York home has since returned the goods with a letter of apology.

A man reportedly seen in surveillance footage plucking the festive holiday laser lights from a Staten Island front yard recently was chastised by Community Education Council 31 President Michael Reilly on Facebook following the theft.

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"There is no fun in being the grinch, you're going to ruin someone's holiday," Reilly wrote.

Reilly's video has since been viewed more than 130,000 times on Facebook.

Then, on Tuesday, Reilly issued an update.

"The man in the video returned the lights with a note apologizing," Reilly wrote. "The family who owned the lights extends a big THANK YOU to everyone for sharing!"

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According to CBS New York, the handwritten apology read:

"I wanna humbly apologize for stealing your lights. It wasn’t til I seen what you posted on Facebook that I realized what I did. I am not that person you see on the video."

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