A man who stole a canoe 25 years ago repented on Easter weekend, sending a long-overdue $150 to pay for the pilfered boat.

"His timing was right," said Dale Wagner, 54, the owner of the canoe. "And I've forgiven him."On April 13, the town's postmaster found an unaddressed letter with $150 cash in a mail box. The letter writer said he was a railroad brakeman passing through town when he stole the 17-foot fiberglass canoe from behind a house in 1973.