St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church burglary: Man arrested for theft is 'very, very sorry'

Church members accept apology

BOCA RATON, Fla. - It's not what you expect to see inside a church bulletin: A man suspected of stealing admitting guilt, and asking for forgiveness.

"It seemed very apologetic and sincere," said deacon Bill Watzek.

Boca Raton police released surveillance video of Michael Quick. He was suspected of stealing $500 from St. Joan of Arc Church Christmas Eve. Quick was recognized and arrested two days later.

After six weeks in jail, he inked an apology to the congregation, "I am very, very sorry and if you can find it in your hearts to forgive me, please pray for me!"

Writing the letter wasn't Quick's original idea, he showed up in person last week, and wanted  to stand up during mass and apologize in person. The church felt a latter was more appropriate.

"Coming over and wanting to do that in person would've been a humbling experience for anyone. But to write the letter and give it to us was an act of contrition," said deacon Watzek.

Quick was released from jail 10 days ago. He pleaded guilty to the crime, and needs to complete community service hours.

As for the church, members appear to forgive him.

"Especially someone who asked for forgiveness, he made a mistake and feels it in his heart, so we need to forgive him," said one church member.

"This particular church has had a couple thefts over the years, but I've never seen anyone come back and apologize like that," said Deacon Watzek.

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