Bank Robber Confesses, Hands Cash to Priest

An alleged bank robber in California had second thoughts about his misdeed — so he handed over $1,200 to a parish priest after confessing.

His remorse must have ended there, as he has not turned himself into police, ABC 7 in San Fransisco reports.

Police say a man in his mid-20s, wearing a white sweatshirt and a fake goatee, entered the Patelco Credit Union in Walnut Cree, Calif., last week and handed a note to the teller demanding money saying he had a gun. He fled on foot with $1,200.

Sunday night, a man confessed the crime to a priest at St. John Vianney’s Catholic church, and reportedly give back the cash. The priest called the police after the man left, and turned over the money.

The man did not give his name to the priest, but even if he had, the priest would not be obligated to tell police, as confessions are considered privileged communications.

Police are still searching for their robbery suspect.


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