Priest formally charged with collection theft

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Prosecutors have formally charged a Rapid City priest who acknowledged he was responsible for stealing from the weekly collection plates.

Father Marcin Garbacz is charged with first-degree embezzlement of property and petty theft for taking money from donations at St. Therese Catholic Church in Rapid City.

KOTA-TV reports the Pennington County state's attorney says the amount taken was between $400 and $1,000. The Rapid City Diocese has suspended Garbacz. Police say Garbacz admitted to being responsible for the theft.

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