Sorry Robber Returns to Crime Scene, Hours Later

Cyle Abbott Jr. says he was trying to turn his life around
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 27, 2014 6:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Northern California say a man robbed a gas station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologize. Eureka Police Sgt. Steve Watson said yesterday that 23-year-old Cyle Abbott Jr. told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realized his mistake. Watson says Abbott first entered the gas station demanding cash with what the clerk believed was a semi-automatic handgun.

He says the clerk gave Abbott some cash, and Abbott left, also taking two bottles of beer. Watson says three hours later Abbott returned, giving back most of the cash and saying he was sorry. He says the weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which officers haven't found. Police found Abbott in the bathroom ready to surrender, the Press Democrat reports, and booked him into jail on $50,000 bail.

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