When Kerry Walker opened the post for her family’s shop, she probably expected to find nothing more than a few bills and statements.
However, opening a heavy package, she found a boxed cream whipper that had been stolen from the store - and subsequently returned by a guilt-ridden thief.
And on it an apologetic post-it, simply stating: ‘I stole this from your shop - sorry!’
“I just stood there with my mouth wide open in silence”, said a gobsmacked Ms Walker.
“I just thought how could anybody be so honest?”
The £70 whisker was pinched from her dad Graham’s store, The Potters Wheel. in Huntriss Row.
Graham had noticed the whipper wasn’t on the shelves of his store, which he has owned for 42 years - but had just assumed it had been sold by one of his staff.
And he is baffled by how the light-fingered culprit managed to get the heavy box out of his store.
“I just have no idea how they did it or how they even got it in their pocket.
“I’m just as surprised as to how it’s come back - I mean, it’s something sellable, they could have got about £40 or £50 easily.”
And he’s even more baffled about the thieves sudden change of heart - especially since the theft has ultimately left the crook out of pocket.
“I find the whole thing bizarre.
“They shouldn’t have taken it in the first place but I’m just very pleased, and really, I would like to just thank them for bringing it back and being honest- it’s a rare thing these days.
“I would have been £70 out of pocket, and times are hard here like everywhere, but it wasn’t cheap to send back - they’re now £3.50 down themselves, as it cost them to post it.”
He added that previously the strangest thing stolen from his shop has been a pot.
It’s not known where or when the whipper was posted, or when it was stolen.
However, Mr Walker added: “I’m just glad that somebody, somewhere still has a conscience.”