Hingham Police said the story of a lost credit card had an unusual ending on Monday after a man had second thoughts and returned the card to the victim.
According to police, a Hingham woman came to the station on Monday at 8 p.m. to report the incident, saying she had been shopping at Derby Street Shoppes that day and had misplaced her credit card.
Police said the woman didnít realize her card was missing until she returned home that day, but by then, the card had already been returned.
According to police, a man had spoken to the womanís teenage son, who had been home that afternoon. The man explained that he found the card and had used it to purchase a prepaid credit card .
The man told the son said he had been out of work for a while and figured he would used the money to buy Christmas presents, but felt guilty and decided to return the card to the owner, along with the unused one he had purchased, police said.
The man also left a note of explanation with the cards, probably because he didn't expect anyone to be home at that time, police said.
Sergeant Steven Dearth said the man did not leave his name, and police did not have a license plate to track him down, but, as the card had been found, the matter wasn't an open police investigation.
Dearth said it was unusual for a theft to end in this manner, and said conscience-laden criminals typically will put the card in the mail or simply not use it.
Police said the woman reported the incident because she was concerned how the man found her house, but police suspect the man simply searched the womanís name.