Former shoplifter buys layaway items for Ohioans

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- An anonymous donor atoning for shoplifting three decades ago has made Christmas a little merrier for a handful of southwestern Ohio residents.

Workers at a Kmart in Lockland, north of Cincinnati, say that the donor sent $1,000 to the store to pay off items on layaway.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/UYaFHw ) that the donor had been caught shoplifting $270 worth of clothing at a now-closed Kmart in Sharonville 30 years ago and was trying to make up for it.

Kmart workers called people who had items on layaway Friday to tell them the good news, garnering reactions that ranged from crying to praying.

Patricia Ralls of Lockland says the donation helped her pay off about $60 on a coat and pajamas, money that she'll now use for other Christmas presents.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com