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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]].
23rd Feb '15 5:15:16 PM FurryKef
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* In the mid 1990's, a disillusioned mid-level bank employee staged a real life BavarianFireDrill caper which lead 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, a disillusioned mid-level bank employee staged a real life BavarianFireDrill caper which lead 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.
26th Jan '15 6:32:33 PM TheWanderer
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* A variant where something is stolen but replaced with something at least arguably better is done in ''Film/TheSandlot''. One day while his stepfather is away on business, Smalls is playing baseball with his friends and they lose the ball. Desperately wanting to keep playing, Smalls goes into his stepfather's bedroom and grabs a ball kept there, which was autographed by none other than Creator/BabeRuth. Smalls, being a NaiveNewcomer to the game of baseball, doesn't realize who Babe Ruth is or the value in the ball when it too inevitably gets lost in the yard of a neighbor with a [[AngryGuardDog notorious (and huge) dog]]. All his friends go through enormous lengths to try to retrieve the ball, but it winds up destroyed. Fortunately, the owner of the house is kind enough to give Smalls his ball signed by not only Babe Ruth but the entire Yankees team to replace it, which does a lot to placate his stepfather when the business trip is over.


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* Michael and the rest of his TrueCompanions from ''Series/BurnNotice'' often have to steal cars as part of their various plans to help their [[VictimOfTheWeek Client of the week]]. While those cars aren't always improved by the crew using them, it is revealed several seasons into the show that they've been having Michael's mother Madeline "find" all these missing cars and report their location to the police in order to make sure they get returned to their owners, usually no more than a day or two after taking them.
25th Dec '14 11:03:19 AM MadCat221
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* This happens to Woody in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. Not only does his arm get sewn up, but his fellow toys make sure he looks absolutely brand new.

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* This happens to Woody in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. Not only does his arm get sewn up, but his fellow toys make the antique toy detailer makes sure he looks absolutely brand new.
24th Dec '14 8:18:22 AM Scorpion451
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* In the mid 1990's, a disillusioned mid-level bank employee staged a real life BavarianFireDrill caper which lead 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.
10th Sep '14 11:39:27 AM CorahsUncle
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* The Anime/LupinIII movie, ''Anime/LupinIIIOperationReturnTheTreasure'' had a past TheRival of Lupin's named Mark. Mark left a video will for Lupin, asking him to return some of the things he had stolen. For almost everything Mark asks Lupin to return, he left a replica, probably to prevent his targets from noticing the theft before he got away. The replicas Mark left after his thefts were good enough to fool most folks, but imagine how thrilled his former targets are to get the real things back! Poor Zenigata, however, is VERY confused at first.

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* The Anime/LupinIII movie, movie ''Anime/LupinIIIOperationReturnTheTreasure'' had a past TheRival [[TheRival rival]] of Lupin's Lupin named Mark. Mark left a video will for Lupin, asking him to return some of the things he had stolen. For almost everything Mark asks Lupin to return, he left a replica, probably to prevent his targets from noticing the theft before he got away. The replicas Mark left after his thefts were good enough to fool most folks, but imagine how thrilled his former targets are to get the real things back! Poor Zenigata, however, is VERY confused at first.



* The old 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 MarvelComics 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.) 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.



** 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.
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', Cliff and Peevey don't steal the rocket from Howard Hughes, but Peevey's reverse-engineering improves its acceleration. He also designs a helmet that improves flight-- which greatly impresses Hughes.
* In ''{{Amelie}}'', Amelie "borrows" her retired father's garden gnome and gives it to a stewardess friend of hers with the instructions that the stewardess take photos of the gnome at famous landmarks and mailing them back to Amelie's father, in a effort to get him out of his doldrums. This is something that does happen in real life, and the movie helped popularize the practice.
* Woody in ''ToyStory2''. Not only does his arm get sewn up, they make sure he looks absolutely brand new.

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** He does something similar in the future, ganking a {{Franchise/Barbie}}-branded {{Hoverboard}} 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.
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', Cliff and Peevey don't steal the rocket from Howard Hughes, but Peevey's reverse-engineering reverse engineering improves its acceleration. He also designs a helmet that improves flight-- which flight--which greatly impresses Hughes.
* In ''{{Amelie}}'', ''Film/{{Amelie}}'', Amelie "borrows" her retired father's garden gnome and gives it to a stewardess friend of hers hers, with the instructions that the stewardess take photos of the gnome at famous landmarks and mailing them back to Amelie's father, in a effort to get him out of his doldrums. This is something that does happen in real life, and the movie helped popularize the practice.
* This happens to Woody in ''ToyStory2''. ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. Not only does his arm get sewn up, they but his fellow toys make sure he looks absolutely brand new.



* Harry Dresden of ''TheDresdenFiles'' once said that he got a note from a prospective carjacker offering to steal him something better. This is because his Blue Beetle is TheAllegedCar; Harry can't drive anything more modern because of his magic, which shorts out anything that was invented after the integrated circuit.
* In ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', this is what the Grinch claims he's doing when Cindy Lou Who catches him, saying "I'll fix it up there, and bring it back here." By the end, it's only half-true, since he returns all the Christmas items, but hasn't really improved them.
* A variation in the HerculePoirot novel ''Hickory Dickory Dock'': a "kleptomaniac" has stolen a number of small objects from the students staying in a hostel. When she confesses, the thief admits that she destroyed most of what she stole, but she gives those she stole from enough money so they can buy new things. The students are pleased, both because she was generous in estimating how much their things were worth, and because most of them would rather have had the money anyway.

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* Harry Dresden of ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' once said that he got a note from a prospective carjacker offering to steal him something better. This is because his Blue Beetle is TheAllegedCar; Harry can't drive anything more modern because of his magic, which shorts out anything that was invented after the integrated circuit.
* In ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', this is what the Grinch claims he's doing with the Christmas tree when Cindy Lou Who catches him, saying saying, "I'll fix it up there, and bring it back here." By the end, it's only half-true, half true, since he returns all the Christmas items, but hasn't really improved them.
* A variation in the HerculePoirot Literature/HerculePoirot novel ''Hickory Dickory Dock'': a "kleptomaniac" has stolen a number of small objects from the students staying in a hostel. When she confesses, the thief admits that she destroyed most of what she stole, but she gives those she stole from enough money so they can buy new things. The students are pleased, both because she was generous in estimating how much their things were worth, and because most of them would rather have had the money anyway.



* Played with in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0qXf5c6v5k this segment]] from ''The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller''. StephenFry reluctantly parts with his expensive watch, which Creator/PennAndTeller proceed to improve. Specifically (and in order), the watch becomes waterproof, shock-resistant, [[spoiler:smashed to bits]], [[spoiler:capable of holding fifty phone numbers]], and [[spoiler:fish-proof]].

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* Played with in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0qXf5c6v5k this segment]] from ''The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller''. StephenFry Creator/StephenFry reluctantly parts with his expensive watch, which Creator/PennAndTeller proceed to improve. Specifically (and in order), the watch becomes waterproof, shock-resistant, [[spoiler:smashed to bits]], [[spoiler:capable bits, capable of holding fifty 50 phone numbers]], numbers, and [[spoiler:fish-proof]].fish-proof]].



* 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 UK, 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 Tower and the Statue of Liberty]]. It turns out the thief was actually having them cleaned as a gift to the governments of the UK, United Kingdom, France and the USA and returned them in 'as-new' condition.



* An episode of {{Series/Castle}} has a variation involving a squatter: he breaks into people's apartments while they're on vacation so he can live there for a while, but always leaves the place exactly as he found it except for general repairs about the place and an appreciative bottle of wine in the fridge.

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* An episode of {{Series/Castle}} ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a variation involving a squatter: he He breaks into people's apartments while they're on vacation so he can live there for a while, but always leaves the place exactly as he found it except for general repairs about the place and an appreciative bottle of wine in the fridge.



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* In {{Hanna-Barbera}}'s ''TheLittleRascals'' episode "The Case of the Puzzled Pals", Darla asks Alfalfa to help her find her missing doll. It turned out that Spanky had taken Darla's doll so he could put a new dress on it.

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* In {{Hanna-Barbera}}'s ''TheLittleRascals'' Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' episode "The Case of the Puzzled Pals", Darla asks Alfalfa to help her find her missing doll. It turned out that Spanky had taken Darla's doll so he could put a new dress on it.



* In ''APupNamedScoobyDoo'' Episode 22 "Night of the Boogey Biker" (the first episode of Season 3), Scooby and the gang try to find out who stole Red Herring's aunt's bike. They discovered that Red took it to add a sidecar to it as a gift for her.

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* In ''APupNamedScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' Episode 22 22, "Night of the Boogey Biker" (the first episode of Season 3), Scooby and the gang try to find out who stole Red Herring's aunt's bike. They discovered that Red took it to add a sidecar to it as a gift for her.



* An UrbanLegend says MisterRogers' car was stolen, and when the thief discovered that that was whom he robbed, returned it after detailing it.

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* An UrbanLegend says MisterRogers' [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers']] car was stolen, and when the thief discovered that that was whom he robbed, returned it after detailing it.



* There have been incidents of stolen lawn ornaments like gnomes, eventually returned to the owner with a book of photographs showing the gnome in distant and exotic locations, if the photographs aren't sent from the location itself. The practice was a key part of the movie ''{{Amelie}}'', as described above, which helped popularize it.

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* There have been incidents of stolen lawn ornaments like gnomes, eventually returned to the owner with a book of photographs showing the gnome in distant and exotic locations, if the photographs aren't sent from the location itself. The practice was a key part of the movie ''{{Amelie}}'', ''Film/{{Amelie}}'', as described above, which helped popularize it.



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