NAPLES, Fla. - New developments tonight on a story WINK News first brought to you Wednesday. A man steals cash from a Toys for Tots donation jar at a Naples restaurant, but then feels so guilty he brings it back the next day.
"I was upset, I was devastated. It was money that our customers and guests have given us to give to Toys for Tots," Clock Restaurant manager Berma Stettner tells WINK News. Today, that disappointment soon turned into delight.
"It's just unbelievable this community. Naples people are just amazing, their donations their contribution."
The donation box stolen originally had less than $300. When her patrons heard about the robbery, they stepped up. Today it's been emptied three times. Two of Stettner's customers even gave her $500 each.
"All day log they've been coming in and out, bringing checks, green money and change in bags," she explains.
What was equally touching to Stettner, the person who originally stole the money returned it to her restaurant.
"The gentleman talked to me this afternoon and wanted to make restitution, was very remorseful, very sorry for what he did."
Stettner doesn't know the man's name, but tells WINK News he's a recovering addict that relapsed Tuesday. After much thought over his own child not having gifts for Christmas, he brought the money back, and even made a $50 donation himself.
The restaurant has decided not to press charges.
RENEE STOLL, REPORTER