Man arrested for stealing communion wafers

6:11 PM, Nov 11, 2008   |    comments
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Jensen Beach, Florida -- Police in Jensen Beach say they arrested a Connecticut man after he tried to steal communion wafers during a church service.

Jensen Beach is located on the southern east coast, about an hour north of West Palm Beach.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old John Samuel Ricci of Canton was cornered by fellow churchgoers when he grabbed a handful of wafers from the priest during communion services Saturday.

The Stuart News reports that Ricci was being held down by six or seven offended parishioners when deputies arrived at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach.

Police say two parishioners, ages 82 and 61, received minor injuries in the scuffle.

Ricci was charged with two counts of simple battery, theft and disruption of a religious assembly. He was being held Tuesday on $2,000 bond at the Martin County Jail.


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