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Man makes amends for stealing plants – in 1958

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May 13, 2012 11:13 AM EST | AP

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — No matter how much digging investigators did, the crime remained open until a thief turned himself in and returned the fruits of his theft.

In this case, the crime was stealing two hydrangeas in May 1958 from Centennial Park in Nashville. And the thief, 72-year-old Bill Teitleff of Joy, Ky., returned plants from the root system of the purloined flowers to the park on Thursday.

Eventually, the past caught up with Teitleff and he didn't like how it felt.

Teitleff says he can now walk through Centennial Park without feeling guilty.

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