A 27-year-old Brazilian priest has been arrested after he carried out three robberies within an hour in Passo Fundo in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Elizeu Moreira, a Catholic clergyman, allegedly robbed two supermarkets and a pharmacy in an hour on March 2, Tuesday, using a fake gun.
CCTV footage from one of the supermarkets shows a man paying for an item he purchased before he retrieves a pistol from his pocket. The man pointed the fake gun at the cashier who became frightened and handed over all the cash from the register to the man in panic.
Then, the man casually picked up his purchase and walked out of the supermarket.
As per Rio Gando do Sul Military Brigade, the Father was arrested at a checkpoint later in the evening driving a vehicle that belonged to the Archdiocese of Passo Fondo, a fake plastic gun and $116 of the $249 cash he had allegedly stolen. Later, Father confessed to the Civil Police that the robberies were sparked by madness, according to Police Chief Diogo Ferreira, reports Daily Mail.
Ferreira shares they are not aware if he owed any debt to anyone. He revealed the Father was totally calm and appeared to be unaware of what he had done and that ‘he was in the world of the moon.’ The fake pistol he had used to carry out the robberies weighed 10 grams made of plastic and was hollow.
On Wednesday, he appeared before a court judge who placed him in pretrial detention. Passo Fondo Archbishop Dom Weber shared he was shocked the most as he had accompanied the training of these young people. He shared that Father Moreira was newly ordained who was doing well in his jobs but when suddenly an act like this happens, it is sad and painful. Father Moreira was just a few days shy of marking his 18th month of ordination.
Maura da Silva, who is representing him, shares he is receiving a psychiatric assessment. Father has been removed from his duties at Santa Terezinha Church.