MA ‘Act of Kindness’ Mystery Still Unresolved


In the Boston suburb of Westborough, a commuter carelessly left his car unlocked in a commuter parking lot one day before Christmas. When he returned more than 12 hours later, he noticed a box, with a white ribbon, sitting on the front seat. “Merry Christmas,” a note said. “Thank you for leaving your car door unlocked. Instead of stealing your car I gave you a present. Hopefully this will land in the hands of someone you love, for my love is gone now.” Inside was a three-diamond ring set on a white-gold band. Its value: $15,000.

It took days for the commuter to tell police, but once he did and a local newspaper reporter noticed it going through the weekly police blotter, the story ricocheted from London to Los Angeles to “Oprah,” says the Christian Science Monitor. Why did he do it? Why this commuter rail station, one known for petty crime? And, most of all, who did it? The commuter is a 37-year-old man from a neighboring community. Authorities are not releasing his name. He told them he will return it if someone comes forward to claim it.


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