Thief Returns Stolen Rings To Riphagen Family With Apology Letter 15 Years Later

One thief has apparently had a change of heart –- a decade and a half after stealing a couple’s wedding rings.

According to Reddit, the Riphagens lost their gold rings at a party several years ago. Recently, they received a letter from a “dumb kid who wants to right a wrong” with a heartwarming apology.

The note, which has gone viral, is below:

Thief Returns Stolen Rings To Riphagen Family With Apology Letter 15 Years Later

While some commenters on Reddit suggested the letter is fake, user ‘WhoBeKnow’, who reportedly went to school with the couple’s daughters, chimed in with a backstory:

“The rings are the mother’s wedding ring, a ring the father gave the mother when their first child was born, and one set of grandparents’ wedding bands that had been intended for the children when they reached adulthood. These were stolen during a party that one of their (now adult) children threw during high school, about 15 years ago.”

UPDATE: Margot Riphagen contacted The Huffington Post  and confirmed the story. The Portland, Ore., resident said her mother was the one who received the letter and the rings, sent in a plastic bag to her office.

“She was shocked,” said Riphagen, who threw the party at age 16. Now 31, she too was surprised at their return:

I happened to be home visiting my parents. I was nosing around in their stuff on the counter while I was drinking my morning coffee and stumbled upon it. My mother said “You had better sit down.” And I opened it and was shocked, especially because I didn’t know the rings earmarked for me and my sister even existed.

Source: Huff Post


  1. What a great story, I am glad he saw the reality of how much pain and hurt it can cause people to have something so precious stolen. So instead of just being all about what he was getting, he actually felt into what it would mean to this family. I think that to transcend our selfish desire and instead feel love and compassion for people is very important and much needed in this world.


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