Stolen Penguin Returned

The Penguin Post has just learned that the stolen penguin in Woodinville, Washington has been returned, although the penguin-napper is still at large.  Ten-year-old Alexis Hood read the letter of apology from the penguin thief yesterday while sitting next to her penguin that was stolen New Years Day.

“Dear family, we are very sorry for the trouble we have caused for your family,” she read.

On Monday, a local tv station aired surveillance footage of a man stealing the lawn decoration from her front porch, while she and her family were on vacation.

“I spent my money on it and I saved up for a long time just to get them,” said Alexis, who spent $60 to buy the pair of penguins.

But this morning, the stolen penguin reappeared.

“We got a phone call from our neighbors about 7:20 that said they spotted a garbage bag alongside the house,” said Nathan Hood, Alexis’ father.

The Hoods found the penguin over at the side of the house. A place where surveillance cameras couldn’t capture the thief returning to the scene of the crime.

“So I ran downstairs, ran out in the front yard in my nightgown with no shoes and I saw a big plastic bag with a note on it,” said Alexis.

The handwritten letter attached to the penguin said: “It was never our intention to upset you, or even worse, make your 10-year-old daughter sad… We hope that our actions have not made you feel unsafe in your own home… We feel you deserve an apology in person, but due to our embarrassment we are writing a letter.”

“That was very nice,” said Alexis.

“They probably are very pleasant people who made a bad decision,” said Alexis’ father. “At least they were good enough to own up to it and bring it back.”

Tonight all is forgiven and both kids and adults learned the importance of saying you’re sorry and righting a wrong. And from now on the penguins will be kept safe.

“Put it in the backyard… with my polar bear that someone tried to steal two years ago,” says Alexis.


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