'Sorry citizen' leaves note, returns curling stone stolen in Bemidji

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A thief who stole a curling stone from a club in Bemidji has returned it – along with a note apologizing for any inconvenience they caused.

The culprit appears to have been hit with an attack of conscience, or perhaps they didn't want a brush with the law, as they brought the 42-pound rock back to its House – at the Bemidji Curling Club.

But they didn't just leave the stone, the Bemidji Pioneer reports they also left a letter signed "Sorry Citizen" attached to the handle.

"Thought this belonged back here. Sorry didn't (m)ean to cause such an inconvenience. Hopefully there wasn't too much trouble," it read.

Unfortunately, the theft did cause the club a fair bit of trouble. The rocks cost $500 to replace and it was stolen during the Winterfest on Lake Bemidji curling bonspiel earlier this month, according to the club's Facebook page.

The Bemidji club had borrowed the rock from another club in Crookston, and had to order an urgent replacement as the Crookston club needed the stone for an upcoming league match.

With the rock returned, the case is closed as far as Terry Mattson, volunteer curling official with the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, is concerned, telling the Pioneer he won't be doing any more to chase down the thief.

The bonspiel marked the first time since 1932 that curlers had taken to the ice of Lake Bemidji, according to the curling club's website.

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