Mission thief convicted

Jury convicted man accused of stealing relics

Tracy Lehr, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
POSTED: 06:07 PM PST Feb 15, 2013    UPDATED: 09:04 PM PST Feb 15, 2013 
Edward Burgess
VENTURA, Calif. -

A Ventura County jury has convicted a man accused of stealing relics from the San Buenaventura Mission, finding 26-year-old Edward Burgess guilty of first-degree burglary.

In October, Burgess broke into the Baptism room near the priests' living quarters.  New surveillance cameras recorded Burgess taking nine relics and tasting a vase full of oil that he may have mistaken for wine.

Investigators recovered eight of relics and returned them to the church.

Burgess' sentencing date will be set next week.