Thief Returns Stolen Bible 42 Years Later German man's conscience finally got the best of him By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Aug 24, 2013 11:58 AM CDT 19 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A church in England got an unusual package in the mail recently—a 200-year-old Bible stolen 42 years ago. It seems the thief was a German man who took an English language course in the East Sussex church, but he found the class to be a useless waste of money, reports the BBC. He stole the Bible as compensation and kept it all these years. "Whenever I came across the Bible, I would have this guilty conscience about doing it," he wrote the church. "Now that I've retired, I've definitely decided to get on the right side of things."