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11th Dec '16 9:30:56 PM FordPrefect
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* In an episode of ''Series/MichaelBentinesPottyTime'', a thief steals [[MonumentalTheft Nelson's Column, the Effiel Tower and the Statue of Liberty]]. It turns out the thief was actually having them cleaned as a gift to the governments of the United Kingdom, France and the USA and returned them in 'as-new' condition.

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* In an episode of ''Series/MichaelBentinesPottyTime'', a thief steals [[MonumentalTheft Nelson's Column, the Effiel Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty]]. It turns out the thief was actually having them cleaned as a gift to the governments of the United Kingdom, France and the USA and returned them in 'as-new' condition.
24th Sep '16 11:07:01 PM BillWoods
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* A variant occurs in ''Series/Leverage''. The team is hired by a charity who discovers that their investment broker has stolen from them and gone into hiding. When they find him, they discover he's actually a pretty decent guy and he had stolen the money because he knew he could quadruple it if he used tricks and back-channels.

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* A variant occurs in ''Series/Leverage''.''Series/{{Leverage}}''. The team is hired by a charity who discovers that their investment broker has stolen from them and gone into hiding. When they find him, they discover he's actually a pretty decent guy and he had stolen the money because he knew he could quadruple it if he used tricks and back-channels.



* In the mid 1990's, a disillusioned mid-level bank employee staged a real life BavarianFireDrill caper which led to him walking out the front door of his former place of employment with over $1,000,000 in a duffelbag. When tracked down several years later thanks to the ImprobablyCoolCar he bought as his one splurge, however, he was ultimately able to gain a reduced sentence and make a settlement with the bank allowing his family to keep some of the money and much of the property he had purchased: Through otherwise conservative spending and some savvy investing, he had actually turned his bloodless $1 million dollar caper into a $12 million dollar diversified portfolio, allowing him to make full recompense for his single crime, plus interest.

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* In the mid 1990's, 1990s, a disillusioned mid-level bank employee staged a real life BavarianFireDrill caper which led to him walking out the front door of his former place of employment with over $1,000,000 in a duffelbag. When tracked down several years later thanks to the ImprobablyCoolCar he bought as his one splurge, however, he was ultimately able to gain a reduced sentence and make a settlement with the bank allowing his family to keep some of the money and much of the property he had purchased: Through otherwise conservative spending and some savvy investing, he had actually turned his bloodless $1 million dollar caper into a $12 million dollar diversified portfolio, allowing him to make full recompense for his single crime, plus interest.
16th Sep '16 8:08:41 PM mysterykcad
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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', one of the properties you can buy as Franklin (and only Franklin) is an auto repair shop that will let you get all your vehicle customizations free of charge. However, this deal only applies to Franklin, so if you want to upgrade the other character's vehicles without paying for them, you have to invoke this trope.
9th Sep '16 4:05:50 PM Angeldeb82
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* The old Creator/MarvelComics series ''The ComicBook/NewWarriors'' played with this a bit. The character Silhouette stole an [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper Unstable Molecule costume]] from [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] (she could meld into the shadows for teleportation but would [[BlessedWithSuck always lose her clothes in the process since they can't meld with her]], forcing her to find something with less FanService). She shed her old costume and stole the new one, feeling guilty about the situation afterwards. She tried to return it to Richards, but he was fine with the situation and ended up tweaking it slightly for her... and offering to make further costumes for her in the future.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'': In a variation on both this and GoneSwimmingClothesStolen, Leetah and Nightfall leave their clothes on a branch while [[LesYay dancing in the moonlight]]. While they do, the seamstress Moonshade surreptitiously removes their clothes from the branch and replaces them with new ones.
* In ''Batman '66: The Lost Episode'' (based off an unproduced script written by none other than HarlanEllison), Two-Face steals a nearly complete set of ancient Chinese plates from a museum, only to return the set with the missing piece when his coin comes good-heads up.

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* The old Creator/MarvelComics series ''The ComicBook/NewWarriors'' played with this a bit. The character Silhouette stole an [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper Unstable Molecule costume]] from [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] (she could meld into the shadows for teleportation but would [[BlessedWithSuck always lose her clothes in the process since they can't meld with her]], forcing her to find something with less FanService).{{Fanservice}}). She shed her old costume and stole the new one, feeling guilty about the situation afterwards. She tried to return it to Richards, but he was fine with the situation and ended up tweaking it slightly for her... and offering to make further costumes for her in the future.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'': In a variation on both this and GoneSwimmingClothesStolen, Leetah and Nightfall leave their clothes on a branch while [[LesYay [[HoYay dancing in the moonlight]]. While they do, the seamstress Moonshade surreptitiously removes their clothes from the branch and replaces them with new ones.
* In ''Batman '66: The Lost Episode'' (based off an unproduced script written by none other than HarlanEllison), Creator/HarlanEllison), Two-Face steals a nearly complete set of ancient Chinese plates from a museum, only to return the set with the missing piece when his coin comes good-heads up.



* In the classic text-adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'', one of the treasures you find is a golden egg... but if you let the thief steal it, when you find his lair later, you find that the egg has been opened, and it contains a golden singing bird--much more valuable!

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* In the classic text-adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'', one of the treasures you find is a golden jeweled egg... but if you let the thief (i.e., Lucien Kaine) steal it, when you find his lair later, you find that the egg has been opened, and it contains a golden singing bird--much more valuable!



* There is an UrbanLegend that says [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]' car was once stolen. When the thieves discovered whose car it was, they returned it with an apology note and all the damage they had done repaired. Some variations of the legend also say that the car was detailed upon return with a few coats of car wax. ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' covered it [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp here]].

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* There is an UrbanLegend {{Urban Legend|s}} that says [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]' car was once stolen. When the thieves discovered whose car it was, they returned it with an apology note and all the damage they had done repaired. Some variations of the legend also say that the car was detailed upon return with a few coats of car wax. ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' covered it [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp here]].
9th Aug '16 3:11:36 PM groza528
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*A variant occurs in ''Series/Leverage''. The team is hired by a charity who discovers that their investment broker has stolen from them and gone into hiding. When they find him, they discover he's actually a pretty decent guy and he had stolen the money because he knew he could quadruple it if he used tricks and back-channels.
24th Nov '15 11:51:32 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* In ''Batman '66: The Lost Episode'' (based off an unproduced script written by none other than HarlanEllison), Two-Face steals a nearly complete set of ancient Chinese plates from a museum, only to return the set with the missing piece when his coin comes good-heads up.
10th Oct '15 12:29:51 PM nombretomado
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* The old Creator/MarvelComics series ''The NewWarriors'' played with this a bit. The character Silhouette stole an [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper Unstable Molecule costume]] from [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] (she could meld into the shadows for teleportation but would [[BlessedWithSuck always lose her clothes in the process since they can't meld with her]], forcing her to find something with less FanService). She shed her old costume and stole the new one, feeling guilty about the situation afterwards. She tried to return it to Richards, but he was fine with the situation and ended up tweaking it slightly for her... and offering to make further costumes for her in the future.

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* The old Creator/MarvelComics series ''The NewWarriors'' ComicBook/NewWarriors'' played with this a bit. The character Silhouette stole an [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper Unstable Molecule costume]] from [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] (she could meld into the shadows for teleportation but would [[BlessedWithSuck always lose her clothes in the process since they can't meld with her]], forcing her to find something with less FanService). She shed her old costume and stole the new one, feeling guilty about the situation afterwards. She tried to return it to Richards, but he was fine with the situation and ended up tweaking it slightly for her... and offering to make further costumes for her in the future.
27th May '15 11:30:02 PM erforce
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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty [=McFly=] steals a kid's scooter, ripping off the handles so it's just the board. When he gives it back, it's the world's first skateboard.
** He does something similar in the future, ganking a Franchise/{{Barbie}}-branded {{hoverboard}} from a little girl. When he goes to return it, she lets him keep it because she found Griff's high-end, rocket-propelled "Pit Bull" instead.

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* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
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In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty [=McFly=] steals a kid's scooter, ripping off the handles so it's just the board. When he gives it back, it's the world's first skateboard.
** He does something similar in the future, future of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', ganking a Franchise/{{Barbie}}-branded {{hoverboard}} from a little girl. When he goes to return it, she lets him keep it because she found Griff's high-end, rocket-propelled "Pit Bull" instead.
25th May '15 7:33:56 AM KingLyger
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* An UrbanLegend says [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers']] car was stolen, and when the thief discovered that that was whom he robbed, returned it after detailing it.
** ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' covered it [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp here]].

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* An There is an UrbanLegend that says [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers']] Rogers]]' car was stolen, and when once stolen. When the thief thieves discovered that that was whom he robbed, whose car it was, they returned it after detailing it.
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with an apology note and all the damage they had done repaired. Some variations of the legend also say that the car was detailed upon return with a few coats of car wax. ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' covered it [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp here]].
11th Mar '15 11:25:55 PM jormis29
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** Snopes covered it [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp here]].

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** Snopes ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' covered it [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp here]].
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