Suspect in religious relic theft arrested in New Hampshire

| August 22, 2010

The suspect in the theft of a religious relic from a Boston church was arrested today on an unrelated warrant in New Hampshire.

Vermont State Police said Earl Frost, 34, last of Royalton, was taken into custody without incident at a CVS Pharmacy in Hanover, N.H.

Frost is wanted in Vermont on suspicion of possession of stolen property stemming from the theft of a religious artifact from the Archdiocese of Boston in June. Frost turned in the relic — believed by the Roman Catholic Church to be a splinter of wood from the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified — last week. When a Boston church official authenticated the relic as the item stolen from the cathedral, police sought an arrest warrant for Frost but were unable to locate him.

Today, Vermont State Police in Royalton received a tip that Frost was at the CVS Pharmacy in Hanover attempting to fill a prescription. Hanover Police determined Frost was wanted in New Hampshire on an unrelated matter, and he was contacted and taken into custody.

Frost is being held on the New Hampshire warrant at this time, and the Vermont arrest warrant is pending.

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