The manager of the Sears store in downtown Seattle says an elderly man has repaid — with interest — cash the man says he stole in the late 1940s.

The man hand-delivered an envelope Monday addressed to “Sears manager.” Inside were a note and a $100 bill.

“During the late [forties] I stole some money from the cash register in the amount of $20-$30,” the note read. “I want to pay you back this money in the amount of $100 to put in your theft account.”

Manager Gary Lorentson says he thinks the man’s conscience “has been bothering him for the past 60 years.”

Store security cameras recorded the man, but Sears officials said they don’t know who he is and they won’t release the video.

“That is heartwarming,” said one customer, “awesome.”

The store plans to put the money toward helping needy families in the holiday season.

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