Thief breaks into Florida church and baptizes himself in holy water after causing thousands of dollars in damage

A man who broke into a Florida church causing thousands of dollars in damage also decided to baptize himself in the church’s holy water, The New York Post reported.

Police say Derek Porter used a brick to smash a window and climb inside the Emerald Beach Church of God in Panama City Beach.

“While inside, Porter caused approximately $8,000 worth of damage to the church, police said in a statement. “Porter then loaded several electronics including a television and a computer into his truck along with the church’s money bag.”

Porter had methamphetamine on him when he was arrested.

“Porter stated he could not remember what happened during various moments inside the church,” the Bay County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“He did remember however baptizing himself in the church’s baptistry pool. Porter claims ‘something’ was holding his head down under the water while in the pool,” it added.

He was charged with burglary of an occupied structure, criminal mischief, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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