updated 10/27/2010 2:30:06 PM ET 2010-10-27T18:30:06

About $3,000 worth of jewelry and art works stolen from a Lubbock gallery have been returned after the thief apparently had a change of heart and left the loot at a church.

Tornado Gallery owners Tony Greer and Larry Simmons were contacted Monday by a representative of Templo Nazaret United Methodist Church.

Two large boxes of items, discovered missing on Sept. 30, had been left at the church. An anonymous note accompanied the boxes, read: "Please return these items to the Tornado Gallery." The note included the gallery's phone number.

Simmons said the return of the items renews his faith in humankind.

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