Accused church burglar Nicholas Holz tells police: I’m a good crook

| August 7, 2010

A 19-year-old accused in a series of Green Bay church burglaries this week told police he is “a strong Catholic” who “would die for his faith,” according to a criminal complaint released this afternoon.

But Nicholas R. Holz also told city police he views himself as “a good crook” who enjoyed the adventure associated with being a burglar, the complaint said.

Holz appeared in Brown County Circuit Court today to be charged in a number of break-ins at Green Bay Catholic churches. He is charged with seven felony counts of burglary, one felony county of criminal damage to property, and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property.

Holz’s attorney, Paul Burke, requested a preliminary hearing. One was then scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 20.

Holz was arrested on suspicion of burglary and booked into the Brown County Jail Tuesday after police caught him hiding in a church closet at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 S. Monroe Ave. He told police he is homeless.

At the time he was arrested he had 17 silver rings — some bearing crosses — which he told police he had taken from churches, the complaint says.

Holz told police he is homeless, and has been kicked out of homeless shelters in the past.

Holz is charged with burglaries on Jan 18 at St. Vincent’s Child Care, July 6 at SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, July 23 at St. John The Evangelist church, July 26 at St. Mary of the Angels church, July 28 at St. Catherine’s Bookstore, Aug. 3 at the Bridal Church, Aug. 3 at St. Francis Xavier.

He is charged with criminal damage to St. John the Evangelist Church, and to a property owned by St. Patrick’s Parish.

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