LOUISVILLE (WAVE/CNN/Meredith) -- Police said the search for a robbery suspect is now over after a man caught on camera stealing from a Kentucky cemetery apologized for his actions.

Photos captured a man in the light of day walking through St. Stephens Cemetery in Louisville, stealing flowers and other items right off graves.

Volunteer Susan Settles said she thought the mementos were gone forever.

“It's heartbreaking because these people have no voice, and this is the only thing their loved ones can do is come out and give them a flower or an angel,” Settles said.

Then a call came into the police tip line, and 35-year-old James Reitz was later charged with theft and would return what he allegedly stole.

But it’s the handwritten apology letter from Reitz that shocked Settles.

The letter states, “I'm sorry for the pain I have caused so many people. I did not do it to hurt anyone.”

Settles said the letter shows a good sign.

“At least he does feel remorse for it. I think that says something for him and may be a good lesson that he has learned,” Settles said.

Settles said a handful of families stopped by the cemetery Saturday to replace the stolen items.

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