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.