On the DVD projector that two burglars left outside a Hartford fashion school, they left a note saying they were sorry.
That doesn't ease the loss for the two women who run the Niro Design Center.
"These are things which we purchased to teach kids in the inner-city with our hard-earned money," Naimah Spann said.
She said a surveillance camera captured two men bringing their loot out of the building at 241 Asylum Street and loading their van over two hours before dawn Wednesday, the same day as the "Get Motivated" show that packed the XL Center across the street.
"Secret Servicemen were here and police were outside all night long and someone was just outside hauling our stuff out of the door."
Niro's cancelled its classes for 17 fashion students because the burglars took sewing machines, computers, and bodices used to teach tailoring and design.
Police took the apology note as evidence.
"If you have it, just bring our stuff back," said Rondelynn Bell. "We can help you. If they would have came in and asked us, we probably would have tried to help them out. I just don't understand why they would take and then write the letter, saying I'm sorry."