'I am sorry for any inconvenience that I have caused': Guild-ridden hit-and-run driver sends $1,000 to cops 30 YEARS later and asks owner for forgiveness

  • An?anonymous hit-and-run driver sent money to police three decades after an incident happened
  • A note said the anonymous driver hit a parked car one evening in 1985 or 1986
  • The sender said they were sorry and asked police to track down the car owner
  • 'I am sorry for any inconvenience that I have caused and I ask for your forgiveness,' the letter read?
  • An officer said records don't go that far back, so the money was put toward equipment for the police department

A person who apparently sped off after hitting a parked car in a Minneapolis suburb more than 30 years ago anonymously sent $1,000 to local police this month and asked them to pass it on to the car's owner, if possible.

The sender also sent a letter to the South St. Paul police department asking for forgiveness, The Pioneer Press reported.

'I was quite shocked,' police Chief Bill Messerich said. 'It's not something you see every day.'

The note says the anonymous driver hit a parked car one evening in 1985 or 1986.

An anonymous hit-and-run driver asked South St. Paul police for forgiveness three decades later after an incident. The person sent $1,000 to police chief Bill Messerich (shown)

An anonymous hit-and-run driver asked South St. Paul police for forgiveness three decades later after an incident. The person sent $1,000 to police chief Bill Messerich (shown)

The sender sent a letter (shown) along with the money, to the South St. Paul police department asking for forgiveness with some details on the event

The sender sent a letter (shown) along with the money, to the South St. Paul police department asking for forgiveness with some details on the event

The sender expressed remorse and requested police try to track down the vehicle's owner.?

The note says the money could be donated to a police charity if the victim isn't located.

'I am sorry for any inconvenience that I have caused and I ask for your forgiveness,' the letter says.

Police records don't go that far back so the money was put into the department's general account, Messerich said.?

It will be used to buy new equipment or technology.

'I guess this was just weighing on this person's conscience for over 30 years and they came to a certain point in their life where they wanted to try to make things right if they could,' Messerich said.

City administrator Steve Kind has been in city government for 35 years. He said he hasn't seen a similar donation.

'It's a pleasant surprise,' he said. 'It's nice to be the recipient, so there's that part of it. But it's also good to see there's redemption after all those years.'?

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