PITTSBURGH (AP) – Officials at a Roman Catholic church in Pittsburgh say the mystery of a missing pipe organ has been solved.
Members of the church had struggled to understand how and why anyone would take the massive 200 pipe instrument.
But police say Monday the church’s former organist confessed he removed it last week for safekeeping. Authorities say he had a key to the building and was worried the organ would be damaged by the cold of winter. St. Justin’s, in the city’s Mount Washington neighborhood, closed last month after merging with another church
The church’s pastor, Father Michael Stumpf, says it was an imprudent and terrible mistake but not a criminal one, so they are choosing to forgive, and not press charges.