WEBSTER, Texas - The Webster Police Department is crediting a KHOU 11 viewer with helping them find the rightful owner of stolen historical documents.

On Monday, KHOU 11 shared a story of documents that were puzzling Webster police.

“It looks like there’s contracts. It looks to be legal documents between private parties,” said Webster Police Department Lieutenant Pete Bacon. “Some of them appear to be, perhaps, land deeds. One of them says deposition, perhaps it was part of some sort of lawsuit. The oldest one I have right here, in fact, is dated 1668.”

The protected paperwork was found stuffed in a briefcase that appears to have a bullet hole through it. The briefcase, Webster police said, was found in a motel room a crook rented when police arrested him four years ago.

According to the City of Webster, Detective Vincent Werner was able to return the documents to the rightful owner Tuesday. The city says the documents were stolen in a residential burglary in Houston the day before the Webster Officers arrested the crooks.

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Thank you to that KHOU 11 viewer!