A BAG stuffed with money stolen in 2007 has been found hanging on a peg in a Brixham church.
Now the £5,000 has now been returned to its delighted owner and police say it's a 'one in a million' incident.
The bundles of £20 notes were in a holdall which had been hanging on the peg untouched for some time before church helpers looked inside to try to find out who it belonged to.
Pc Tim Perrins of Brixham police said: "They couldn't say how long it had been there before they looked inside and found all these bundles of £20 notes.
"A very nice lady from the church came and handed it in to Brixham police station. The response officer was sat in the station and opened the door and took the money.
"We did some research and discovered that it had been stolen in 2007 from a Brixham home.
"In all my experience as a policeman this is a one in a million. It is very strange. A cash card stolen at the same time was still with it and that's how we traced it back to the burglary in 2007.
"Whoever stole it must have been overcome by a sense of guilt and decided to leave it at the church. But it is extremely unusual for stolen money to be returned after such a long time.
"The Brixham lady cannot believe it after all this time.
"The people at the church are very modest about what they did in returning it and don't want any publicity. The owner wanted to thank them for their honesty but they want to remain anonymous."