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(CNN/News 12 New Jersey) -  It pays to be on your best behavior, even when you think no one is watching. That's a lesson learned by a few young men from New Jersey after cameras caught them doing the right thing at a local store. 

 
Sunday night the management of buddy's small lots got the after hours call all retailers fear.
"We got a phone call at the police department saying there had been a break in at the store," says Marci Lederman, store manager. 

When they got to the store on Route 23 in Wayne, NJ nothing appeared out of place. But, the eye in the sky sees everything. So, they went to the video tape. The cameras caught it all. A handful of young men cautiously enter the store before heading downstairs. They do a little shopping, calling out to a clerk, who never shows up. After doing a little mental math, the guys decide to pay for sunglasses and batteries, even though no one's around to force them. So how'd this happen?
 
At around 7 on a Sunday, the shopping mall here is still open including the pharmacy and grocery store on either side, but Buddy's Small Lots was closed. Although you wouldn't know it because the lock on the door had malfunctioned. 

The system also leaves most of the lights on, so employees admit, it pretty much looks open. 
Buddy's just opened their Wayne location and the store's leadership says they're happy to be a part of such an honest community. 

"Buddy's really wants to thank them, so we'd love for them to come forward and tell us who they are so that we can give them some gift certificates and hopefully just say thank you in person," says Marci Lederman, store manager. 

They've already left a good impression.  It turns out, company representatives didn't have far to go to meet the honest foursome.  They are on the football team at William Paterson University.

 

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