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At Least He Wasn’t Raping Boys

A Catholic priest in the news, breaking the law…

Christopher Priest Arrested For Felony Theft

A Catholic priest from Christopher was arrested at 4:49 p.m. on Jan. 21 on alleged shoplifting charges at the Wal-Mart  SuperCenter, according to West City Police.

The Rev. Steven F. Poole, 41, faces two counts of felony theft over $150.

He serves as priest for St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Christopher and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sesser.

Poole, who has a previous arrest for stealing in Missouri, was arrested after Wal-Mart store surveillance video  caught him on camera failing to scan a $3.22 container of butter and a $60 sofa cover, police said.

Police said Poole then allegedly headed to the store’s bedding department and picked up a memory foam mattress. He returned to the self-checkout lane where he was allegedly observed on tape switching the pricing bar code, causing the $144.88 item to be scanned for $30.88.

Loss prevention personnel then stepped in, police said, and accompanied him to the West City Police Department.

There Poole was found to be in possession of a laptop computer power pack, also allegedly taken from store, police said.

Poole was taken to Franklin County Jail where he was released on personal recognizance.

Fortunately there were no children or improper contact involved.  Call this a win for the Catholic Church.

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