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Stranger gives student money to replace stolen textbooks and supplies after report

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A Columbus State College student is thanking a stranger who donated money to replace books and materials stolen from his car. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Columbus State College student is thanking a stranger who donated money to replace books and materials stolen from his car.

"You made my day," said student Abaidullah Ansar, "you made my day."

Ansar says a backpack filled with four expensive textbooks, two calculators, and class notes, was stolen in front of his family's West Columbus mini-mart in January, while he was working inside the business. After Eric Rugh, owner of Rugh's Remodeling & Restoration, and his wife saw the crime featured on an ABC 6's "Caught In The Act" segment, they decided to lend a helping hand.

"We saw the story," said Rugh, "I looked at her, she looked at me, should we help him? Yeah, if you can, she said."

Ansar says the donation is enough to allow him to replace all the study materials. "Thank you, Eric, thank you," said Ansar, "You made my day."

It's not the first time Rugh has offered to help a stranger. Three years ago his company stepped up to help families left high and dry by a roofing contractor who took the cash but did not finish the job.

"Definitely feel blessed to have the ability to help somebody," said Rugh, "humbling to say the very least."

Ansar says he hopes one day to thank the business owner in person.

"You really made things easy for me. I am thankful for you," Ansar said.

While Ansar now has money to replace the stolen loot, the thief who stole his stuff is still out there on the streets. Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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