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Communion Wafer Theft

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Police in Florida say they arrested aConnecticut man after he tried to steal communion wafers during a church service.

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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