Bible thief gets free Bible — in jail

WHITE PLAINS – A homeless man who stole a Bible from a city book store got one for free yesterday and will have plenty of time to read it – at the Westchester County jail.

Richard Dorazio, 53, was sentenced to 30 days in jail Thursday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor petty larceny charge, admitting to City Court Judge JoAnn Friia that he stole a $14.01 Bible from the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 230 Main St.

The incident took place shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, when cops said Dorazio hid the Bible in a plastic bag and tried to leave the store without paying. He was caught by store security.

Joseph Spano, deputy commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Corrections said Dorazio, who normally stays at the county homeless shelter in Valhalla, “asked for and received a Bible today” at the jail.

Spano said the jail’s clergy provides free Bibles to any inmate who requests one.

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