A serial thief from Birmingham apparently felt bad for stealing from 20 people over the course of two months and wrote them an apology letter from prison.
Richard Dawson was caught after a citizen recognized him when he stole a gold chain from a woman’s neck. He was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday for three counts of robbery and two of attempted robbery.
In the letter, Dawson wrote, “Hi my name is Richard, I’m really sorry for what I have done. I regret what I have done to you and caused you distress. I truly wish I could turn back the clock for what I have done. I would like to say that I didn’t target you, you just happened to be in the area when I was at my low point of my life. Finally I would say that I don’t expect you to forgive me but I would ask that you understand I was desperate at the time. I am really sorry!!”
According to police, the serial thief had no prior convictions on his record and couldn’t explain why he started to commit crimes.
“Dawson’s robbery spree was random and spontaneous. It seems he struck whenever he saw a potentially vulnerable victim, often a lone female, walking with a valuable phone or jewellery on show,” Detective Constable Arron Cox said.
Cox added that Dawson showed genuine remorse for what he did and really wanted his victims to know that he was sorry.
Dawson isn’t the only thief who has felt remorse for what he did. Last October, a bike thief left a handwritten apology and $10 for a bike lock after he was caught by the police.
In his letter, the bike thief explained that he has been out of work for a couple of years and dealing with addiction. He also said that he was unhappy with his life and the things he’s been doing.
What do you think of the serial thief who apologized to his victims?
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