Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Priest accused of shoplifting butter, sofa cover

A Roman Catholic priest was accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover at a Wal-Mart in southern Illinois.

Police arrested 41-year-old the Rev. Steven Poole on Friday.

He's charged with two felony theft counts.

Investigators said Poole failed to scan a $3.22 container of butter and a $60 sofa cover at a self-checkout.

Poole then allegedly went to the store's bedding section, picked up a memory foam mattress and switched the pricing bar code.

That caused the $145 item to be scanned for $31.

Allegedly, Poole also possessed a stolen laptop computer power pack.

He's the priest for St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Christopher and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sesser.
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