Man, son accused of stealing food from church

By Sean Teehan
Globe Correspondent / May 23, 2011

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The Rev. Joseph Raeke of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bridgewater said he is praying for a man who was arrested on charges of breaking into the church with his young son and stealing food Friday night.

“It’s a very sad situation,’’ Raeke said by phone yesterday. “If he had let me know he was in such dire need of food, we would have given him some food.’’

Michael Varano, 52, of Bridgewater and his 11-year-old son are accused of stealing various food items that were in the church’s kitchen, Brockton’s The Enterprise reported. The church intended the food for the celebration of a new priest’s first Mass, Raeke said.

Police called Raeke to identify the stolen items that he said included juice boxes, cookies, and other snacks.

“I think we need to be praying for people who feel so desperate,’’ Raeke said.

Varano is scheduled for arraignment in Brockton District Court today on charges of breaking and entering, larceny from a building, and contributing to the delinquency of a child, The Enterprise reported.

His son is scheduled to face charges of breaking and entering and larceny from a building in juvenile court today, The Enterprise reported.

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