Zachary WitteThe teen who was charged in the burglaries of four South County churches, including two in Oakville, asked for forgiveness for the crime that was committed according to an article in the St. Louis Review.

Zachary T. Witte, 17, of the 700 block of Ivygate Drive was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree attempted burglary, two counts of stealing over $500, and one count of second-degree property damage.

According to the St. Louis Review article, Msgr. Norb Ernst, pastor of the St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, said that the stolen gift cards cards were left on a sidewalk and discovered by a parishioner early that Monday morning before Mass, with a note written in crayon expressing regret. The note stated it was from a 19-year-old who asked for forgiveness, he said.

“We said a prayer of thanks to St. Dismas,” Msgr. Ernst said. “It’s good news in that most of the gift cards were returned.”

KMOV reports that the teen who stole gift cards left a note with an apology upon returning the gift cards.  “The note read: ‘I’m 19-years-old. I’m sorry. I only have this crayon to write with. I’m going to stop stealing stuff. Please forgive me,” said Msgr. Norb Ernst.

Witte remains in custody at St. Louis County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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