MADISON, Wis. -

A young scooter thief wrote a letter of apology for police to deliver to the victim Sunday, according to a news release.

Madison police said two Madison boys, a 10-year-old and 11-year-old, stole an electric scooter from a Lilac Lane resident at 12:30 p.m. Police said the scooter belonged to a 23-year-old man, the son of the Lilac Lane resident, who told police he saw the boys take the bike.

According to the report, the victim was able to catch up with suspected thieves and get the scooter back. The Lilac Lane resident also called police. The boys initially denied they took the scooter.

An officer told the Lilac Lane man that police could take the boys to the juvenile reception center, or if the victim would allow it, the boys could write letters of apology.

Police said the man told the officer that apology letters would be fitting, and the officer let the children's parents know of the plan.