Created on Apr 29, 2013
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by David Swarts
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Thieves stole cash and checks totaling about $350.00 from MRO Chaplain Tim Burleson Thursday, April 25 at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, in Talladega, Alabama.
Burleson is the MRO Chaplain for the AMA Pro and WERA Motorcycle Roadracing series, and he was attending the WERA National event at the track.
The cash and checks were stolen from the bag while it was being stored in the top floor of the old control tower at the racetrack.
"First of all the money was not mine," Burleson wrote in an open letter to the thieves that he posted on the WERA BBS ( ). "It belongs to a bible study group for whom I am leading a retreat this weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC. The checks are made out to the retreat, and I have alerted those who wrote the checks to contact their banks and report the theft. The cash obviously cannot be recovered.
"Now, being the religious sort that I am, I do not look for revenge nor retribution. All I ask is that whomever took the money, if you still have it and have not discarded the checks, please send it back to me, anonymously, ASAP as we need the money this weekend to pay for our retreat. My mailing address is below.
"There will be no questions asked. You can send it back without a return address. You can even drop it the post office of a nearby town so the cancellation stamp does not reflect where you live.
"Theft does not only affect the person being victimized. In this case theft affected over a dozen people who now have to scramble to keep their money safe. It also affects these same people who have looked forward to a study retreat at the beach, celebrating the completion of 30 weeks of college level study.
"My address is Tim Burleson, 141 Bill Williamson Court, Lexington, SC 29073."