WASHINGTON - Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has issued a plea to Pope Benedict XVI to turn himself into police tonight after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with a series of burglaries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Since Tuesday, numerous civic and financial institutions have suffered incalculable losses in a string of after-hours break-ins.
No signs of forced entry were apparent to investigators, leading police to conclude that the perpetrator must have access to each of the buildings.
Mayor Fenty, who presented the Pope with a key to the city during a ceremony last Tuesday, was clearly upset. "When I gave the key to His Holiness, I asked him to be careful about who he gave it to. I want to remind all of you that the Pope has not been charged with a crime. I'm sure there is a very simple explanation for how so much money, art, jewels, and cars could have been stolen in such a short period of time and with such relative ease, and I'm certain that explanation does not implicate the Pontiff or his recently obtained key that opens every lock from Arlington to Bethesda."