'Story of forgiveness;' Wallet returned to local woman after it was stolen


FOREST, Va. (WSET) -- It's a story of redemption, freedom, and forgiveness, says Sarah Krycinski.

Krycinski posted a video on Facebook Tuesday showing surveillance of a woman stealing her wallet after she accidentally left it at the Dollar General in Forest.

"It was so gut wrenching to have to watch this," Krycinski said.

In the video, you can see Krycinski and her two daughters at the checkout counter before she pays for her items; you see that she leaves her wallet right at the cash register and the woman behind her in line took the wallet and put it with her things.

The video she posted garnered more than 1,000 shares and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office got involved asking for information.

After seeing the video on the news that aired Wednesday night, Krycinski posted an update on Facebook around 11 p.m. Wednesday night saying her prayers had been answered.

She said that she checked her phone later in the evening and noticed she had a missed call and voicemail from a Bedford number.

When she checked it, it was the Bedford County Sheriff's Office telling her they had the wallet, with all of her belongings in it, and the sheriff's office brought it over to her home the same evening.

Krycinski said the woman's husband saw the news and told her to give the wallet back.

"This is exactly what I want the world to see," Krycinski said in the video.

The sheriff's office said the suspect would have faced eight felony counts, one for each credit card, a misdemeanor for stealing the wallet, and property crime, but since Krycinski isn't pressing charges, there is no crime.

Krycinski hopes the woman in this video has learned her own lesson and that people everywhere keep doing the right thing.

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