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The Gemara says that a non-Jew is liable to death for stealing less than a penny. "אמר רבי חייא בר אבא אמר רבי יוחנן בן נח נהרג על פחות משוה פרוטה ולא ניתן להשבון" The Rambam agrees.
What you are referring to is תקנת השבים - Takanat-Hashavim - a special dispensation for those who repent. By the strict letter of the law, you have to return what you stole. If it no longer exits, then you have to pay for it. However, since it would be a more inconvenience to return certain items, Chazal declared that the thief may keep those items and pay ...
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