Church employee charged with theft

(WMC-TV) - St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bartlett apparently tried to keep a caper quiet until a suspect was caught. Many parishioners were unaware a cash-filled safe had been stolen last month from a church office.

"Obviously, we don't like to publicize something like that," said church member Doug Grokulsky.

He was glad to hear an arrest was finally made.

"Justice is done," said Grokulsky. "But you feel bad it had to happen," he added.

Bartlett Police say 23 year-old suspect Michael Cantler did not break into the church. He had a key thanks to his job with the church maintenance crew.

They say Cantler admitted to letting himself into the church one night and stealing a safe filled with more than $12,500.

According to a police report, the money was for the children's day care.

"You can't trust anybody anyplace anywhere," said parishioner Louise Peden. "Which is very very sad," she added.

She said it's a good thing for Cantler God forgives, even if some of those who were victimized may not.

"He'll forgive murderers, thieves, whatever," said Peden. "If they say they're sorry and want forgiveness," she added.

Michael Cantler was still being held in the Bartlett city jail at last check. No one answered the door at his home in Midtown Memphis.

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