A North Palm Beach priest is accused of breaking the Eighth Commandment: "Thou shall not steal."
Workers at a Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton could not identify the man who they said pocketed an $895 picture frame, but they distributed his picture to nearby stores.
According to the arrest report, a store loss prevention officer said she saw the Rev. Giuseppe Savaia conceal the frame in his jacket and leave without paying for it.
The report said Neiman Marcus did not notify police because workers could not identify the man.
Six days later, Neiman Marcus received a call from another store in Sawgrass Mills, where Sunrise police had just arrested Savaia. The report said he stole two Italian coats.
The diocese said that on June 30, Savaia handed out a letter to parishioners that said, in part, "I apologize to the parish of St. Clare for the embarrassment and confusion this has caused." He wrote that at the request of the bishop, he is taking time away to "tend to personal duress," as well as "establish my innocence."
The diocese released a statement saying, "We're aware of it, and we're just working with him and he's taking time off while he's trying to resolve this issue."
Savaia faces charges of grand theft and retail theft.