Wilbert Nickerson, 76, of Weymouth, was arrested this past Sunday on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly stealing several hundred dollars in church donations from the St. Jerome Parish in Weymouth.
According to the Weymouth Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, Wilbert Nickerson was one of a handful of volunteers who was responsible for counting donations from the collections after church services. Church officials had reportedly suspected Nickerson of stealing from the collections, and this past Sunday, along with the Weymouth Police Department, allegedly used hidden cameras for surveillance while he counted the money.
The Weymouth Police Department had also reportedly included in the donations some money that were previous-recorded, and the hidden cameras allegedly captured Wilbert Nickerson pocketing money into his pocket six times.
According to Weymouth Police, Nickerson is suspected of pocketing church donations on at least 2 prior occasions.
The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Larceny Over $250 is a felony, which is punishable by incarceration to the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years, or up to 5 years in state prison. In order to prove someone guilty of the crime of Larceny, the prosecutor would have to prove:
- That the person took and carried away property;
- That property was owned by someone other than the defendant;
- That the defendant did so with the intent to deprive that person of the property permanently.
Following his arraignment in Quincy District Court, Wilbert Nickerson was released on his own personal recognizance.
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