Deputies: Man drinks and rings bells after breaking into church

Hamid Banisaaid (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)
Hamid Banisaaid (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)

LABADIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A 32-year-old man was arrested on burglary charges after a church was broken into Sunday night.

Hamid Banisaaid of Labadieville is accused of breaking into St. Philomena Catholic Church in Labadieville around 9:30 p.m.

The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office said the priest, who lives next to the church, called 911 because the church bells were "going crazy."

The priest told deputies the bells are normally played for funeral services and could only be activated from inside.

According to investigators, the suspect was found in the church. He was drinking and had taken off his shoes.

Deputies added he later told them he was getting ready to play the piano just before they arrived and that he had turned on the church bells.

Officials said it looked as though Banissaid had forced the doors open.

Banissaid was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on a charge of simple burglary of a religious building.

His bond has not been set.

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