TENNESSEE, US: A former drug addict who robbed a grocery store over a decade ago has asked for forgiveness after returning the money he stole, along with an apology note.

Keosavanh Xayarath was threatened at gunpoint by the mystery man at his store in Nashville, Tennessee, around 11 years ago.

The remorseful criminal returned to the scene of his crime earlier this month to give back the $400 (£250), along with an apology note explaining his actions.

‘He was really insistent that we take this, that we had to take this,’ the store owner’s son, Somboon Wu, told WSMV.

The note, simply addressed to ‘owner’, explained: ‘I do not use drugs anymore, and I feel I must make amends to the people I have hurt in the past.’

‘I hope you will accept this money and find forgiveness. Peace be with you, Anonymous.’

InterAsian Market & Deli posted a picture of the letter on its Instagram page where it has received a positive response. ‘This is truly inspirational and reminds us that there are plenty of good people in this world,’ said the store in a statement.

‘To the anonymous person, we want to tell you all is forgiven and thank for your note. We don’t care about the money. ‘We are more inspired and touched by your act. We hope you find peace in life and prosperity. Best wishes!’–MT