Was it divine intervention or just lazy people not picking up after themselves? One clergyman thinks the former is more likely.
Three thieves who stole a Virgin Mary statue from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wisconsin have returned the statue, and the church doesn’t seem interested in pressing charges. But they were only caught because they left behind a partially eaten corn dog, which the police were able to track back to a store with security cameras.
Police were able to figure out the food was corn dogs purchased from the Kwik Trip across the street.
When police realized that the corndogs left on the scene came from that gas station, they were able to watch surveillance footage from the gas station on Monday.
That’s when they saw three people later identified as the suspects Brian Yonker, Miranda Lindner and Katie Kelly leave the Kwik Trip and walk in the direction of the church.
The report states as the officer was heading back to the police station after reviewing footage from Kwik Trip, he saw the two women from the surveillance video at a house right across from the police station.
When the officer spoke to them, they admitted to stealing the statue and said the plan was to take it to a property in Pelican Lake and bury it.
The three people who admitted to stealing the statue said they were scared of getting caught due to the media attention the story had received. They ultimately apologized, and returned the statue.
Father Aaron Huberfeld told police he does not want the three suspects to serve time in jail and wants them to be “referred for theft with a recommendation of deferred prosecution.” This means the three could get a pardon for the theft if they fulfill another requirement like community service.
Father Huberfeld says he has heard from all three suspects. “All of them have reached out to me and expressed their extreme sorrow for what they did and to make amends. And I believe them all to be sincere,” Huberfeld said.
It’s pretty nice that Huberfeld is living up to his savior’s reputation for forgiveness, but it’s also interesting that he thinks God is the reason this crime was solved.
He says he got a good laugh when he found out that it was corn dogs that cracked the case.
“Reminds us that divine providence also has a sense of humor and we’ve all certainly had a good chuckle about that,” Father Huberfeld said.
Oh, that funny God, always using corn dogs to drop hints in minor theft cases but never stepping in to solve rapes and murders.
He needs new priorities.
(Screenshot via WSAW-TV. Thanks to Brian for the link)