February 05, 2007

Hmm. I wonder if they have my buck-and-a-quarter quarterstaff?

Thrift shopper recovers Mobile archbishop's stolen crosier

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) A gold crosier shepherd's crook stolen from Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb's unlocked parked car has been recovered by a man who bought it at a thrift store in west Mobile.

It's the second item stolen from the car that has been recovered in recent weeks by thrift store shoppers. A pectoral cross worn by bishops was returned to Lipscomb last month.

Clinton McInnis of Chunchula said he paid $10.96 for the crosier on Jan. 26 to add to his walking cane collection. It is valued at $6,000, church officials said. [...]

McInnis said he knew the staff wasn't a cane when he came home and put it together but still had no idea exactly what it was. McInnis said he read in the Press-Register about the return of the pectoral cross and then realized what he had bought. [...]

Stolen items still missing include a pallium, which is a white band ornamented with six small black crosses that can only be replaced by the Vatican; a gray traveling case with church papers; and four mitres, ornate headdresses with decorative tails called lappets. [...]

I wonder if the thief will try to itemize those on his tax return since he donated them to the thrift store?

Posted by Terry Oglesby at February 5, 2007 10:43 AM

What's an Archbishop doing with 4 miter saws in his vehicle? Habitat for Humanity?

Looks like there's another potential money-maker for the AoW Empire: official AoW lappets. They would come in possum colors with decorative possum tails. The headdress could also have hidden pouches to store valuables.

Posted by: Marc V at February 5, 2007 11:34 AM

And what's a Catholic Archbishop doing with such a WASP-y name?

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at February 5, 2007 12:25 PM

Shoot, if them cross doohickeys are that much, I think I need to go into business making those! Must be kinda like making custom cue sticks.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 5, 2007 12:31 PM

And Steevil, he might have converted from one of those non-papist organizations and just hasn't gotten his new code name yet.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 5, 2007 12:33 PM

What's worse, Marc, is that he seems have bought British saws.

Posted by: skinnydan at February 5, 2007 12:46 PM

One wonders if British saws have bad teeth.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 5, 2007 12:50 PM