The first incident is said to have taken place last year in Boca Raton.
Authorities said Father Giuseppe Savaia was arrested after surveillance camera captured him walking out of the luxury store with an unpaid $895 frame last December.
A salesperson also told police she witnessed Fr. Savaia putting the expensive frame in his jacket then walked out of the store without paying for it.
Police were not notified immediately because store staff were unable to identify Savaia, however, about six days later the minister was arrested at the Neiman Marcus in Sawgrass Mills after he was caught stealing two Italian coats.
Police charged Savaia for the December crime after store staff distributed the priest’s picture to surrounding stores and staff at the Sawgrass Mills store made the connection.
On June 30, Fr. Savaia issued to letter to his parishioners saying: “As some of you are aware, two accusations of shoplifting have been made against me for which I maintain my innocence.”
“I was taken into custody for one in December and not even aware of the other until this week at which time I voluntarily surrendered myself. That is why my name again appeared on the police record this week.”
“I apologize to the Parish of St. Clare for the embarrassment and confusion this has caused.”
“At the request of the Bishop, I am taking time away to tend to personal duress as well as to comply with the proper legal process in establishing my innocence.”
“I ask for your prayers and understanding. Know of my prayers for all of you.”
Fr. Savaia was charged with grand theft and retail theft.