Lebanon Reporter

December 5, 2012

Suspect caught in church theft

By Rod Rose
The Lebanon Reporter

Lebanon — Stealing from a House of God is not a good idea.

Taking a swing at a police officer coming to arrest you for the theft is a worse one.

Police have arrested a maintenance worker who allegedly confessed he stole several items from the temporary location of Lebanon’s St. Joseph Catholic Church.

David Pelis, 43, 300 block of North Lebanon Street, allegedly injured a Lebanon police officer while he was being arrested at his Memory Hall apartment, according to court documents. Pelis is charged in Superior Court I with felony battery resulting in bodily injury, felony theft and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

All items that were missing were found in Pelis’ apartment and have been returned to the church, LPD Det.-Capt. Maurice Hobson said Tuesday.

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