Wedding goes off without a hitch after thief rides off in limo

A man armed with a hammer took the role of wedding crasher to a whole new level in Dorchester yesterday, carjacking a limousine parked in front of a church and forcing the chauffeur and six bridesmaids from the vehicle, police and a cleric said.

Police responded to the scene at about 1:45 p.m., said Officer James Kenneally, a Boston police spokesman. No injuries were reported.

The Right Rev. Jack Ahern, pastor of the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta at St. Margaret’s Church on Columbia Road, said the bride and groom were inside the church and unaware of what happened, and the bridesmaids stayed calm once they got inside.

“They all acted as if nothing happened,’’ Ahern said. “They just didn’t want to ruin the bride’s wedding.’’

Ahern said that according to witnesses, a man who had just broken into a nearby house ordered the driver and the wedding party out of the vehicle.

“He whacked the window and whacked the limo driver’’ before taking off in the vehicle, Ahern said.

The priest said he was inside the church at the time of the incident, and one usher told him that the commotion was “just a fender bender,’’ but a second usher came clean.

“He said ‘we can’t lie to you,’ ’’ Ahern said.

Kenneally, the police spokesman, said further details on the robbery were not available early last night. WCVB-TV (Channel 5) reported that the man abandoned the limo on West Fifth Street and remained at large last night.

Ahern said the bride and groom, whom he identified as Braintree residents Jillian Sherlock, 26, and Nikhil Pereira, 37, will not soon forget the wild lead-up to their nuptials.

“They’ll have a story to tell 50 years from now,’’ he said.

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