Waterbury police have released video of a man they say stole several electronic items from a Pearl Street church early Sunday morning, and left an apology note behind.
Police released the video on social media with hopes someone will recognize the suspect in the burglary at Mt. Olive AME Zion Church. Church members say he stole cameras, monitors & a microphone they say helps spread their good faith.
“Give us our stuff back,” member Craig Smith proclaimed.
The equipment has a value of almost $3,000.00
“We need it. We need to get the message out to the sick people of the church and get religion into their houses who can’t make it,” Smith said.
“The product of what we do goes back to our staff, so to realize that someone had taken part of that away from us is stunning,” added Jaclyn Davis, who is also with Mt. Olive.
The suspect also apparently left behind a handwritten message, handwriting which police hope someone may recognize.
“(The note) saying pray for me, I’m sorry forgive me. So, even as we struggle to understand why this happened, it sounds like he had an internal struggle,” Davis said.
Some of the members are willing to forgive, and prayed for the suspect at service several hours later.
“We’re taught in church to forgive everyone,” Smith said.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the video is asked to contact Waterbury Police.