Wednesday, May 15th, 2002 - 8:16 pm PDT

The statute of limitations for his crimes now expired, Rev. Smith revealed to the press today that he is a former larcenist, having committed many acts of larceny during the years 1996 and 1997. Most of these acts, said Smith, who was unemployed at the time, were to make possible the filming of his 1997 movie Vendetta: A Christmas Story, which has become a much beloved amateur film since its 1999 release on the internet.