Victim says man stole hundreds then called to apologize

Ransom Café robbed of $1,400 says co-owner

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A restaurant ministry which operates strictly on donations is missing approximately $1,400.

Matt Armbruster, co-owner of Ransom Café, believes someone he was helping stole the money.

On Monday, August 25, Armbruster said he was providing laundry services and showers along with food for people who needed it. That day, Armbruster said he was back and forth from his truck which was hooked to a 22-foot trailer and he didn’t think to lock it when he threw his backpack full of cash and checks inside.

“I go to the truck, I look in my bag and all my zippers are wide open, so someone had been in my bag,” Armbruster said. “It was about $800 in cash and $600 in checks.”

The suspect left a clue behind and the victim believes he has an idea of who the culprit is.

“At the end of the day, he still had his clothes and bag and I know these guys well, they’re not going to leave their clothes behind,” he said.

Two days after the incident Armbruster said he got a phone call along with a confession.

“He said I don’t know what to do, I’m scared. I said first of all, I forgive you. That’s not my money. You didn’t steal it from me, you stole it from God. One thing you need to do is turn yourself in,” he said.

While he waits for that to happen, Armbruster said he’ll keep serving others.

“I prayed God would convict him and I believe that’s what happened,” he said.

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