Head of Boston shrine ready to forgive accused burglar

BOSTON (AP) — The head of a Roman Catholic shrine in downtown Boston says he’s ready to forgive the man charged with breaking in and stealing several items.

The Rev. Thomas Conway, executive director of St. Anthony’s shrine, says he’s not ready to judge the suspect and thinks it may have been a call for help.

Police say a man wearing a suit and tie and ball cap broke into the Franciscan shrine early Friday. Based on surveillance, police arrested a man wearing the same clothes on Sunday.

Erik Swanson, of Boston, is charged him with larceny over $250, vandalism and breaking and entering. He was arraigned on Monday.

A sound system, a censer and an electronic giving station were stolen.

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