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Man breaks into Florida church, baptizes himself earlier than stealing cash, deputies say

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — A Georgia man who broke right into a Panama Metropolis Seaside church had an uncommon encounter within the baptismal, Bay County Sheriff’s deputies stated.

Derek Porter used a cinderblock to smash a window on the Emerald Seaside Church of God on Alf Coleman Street and get inside Friday morning. A girl working within the church heard the sound and fled, deputies added.

“Whereas inside, Porter triggered roughly $8,000 price of harm to the church. Porter then loaded a number of electronics together with a tv and a pc into his truck together with the church’s cash bag,” deputies wrote.

Deputies and officers with the Panama Metropolis Seaside Police Division descended on the church and arrested Porter. They are saying they discovered meth and drug paraphernalia on him.

These gadgets could or could not clarify an incident that occurred whereas Porter was rummaging by way of the power.

“Porter said he couldn’t keep in mind what occurred throughout varied moments contained in the church. He did keep in mind nevertheless baptizing himself within the church’s baptistry pool,” deputies wrote. “Porter claims ‘one thing’ was holding his head down below the water whereas within the pool.”

Porter wasn’t the one one who used the baptistry Friday. Physique digital camera footage launched by the sheriff’s workplace exhibits deputies making contact with Porter and clearing the church. Whereas inside a BCSO K9 “decides to beat the warmth and funky off within the baptismal,” deputies wrote

Porter, who was already out on bond for housebreaking in Georgia, is now charged with housebreaking of an occupied construction, legal mischief, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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