Cops arrest Oceanside Jewish Center worker in $20G theft of religious items

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Religious artifacts valued at more than $20,000 were stolen from the Oceanside Jewish Center, said Nassau police, who arrested the temple's resident superintendent Monday.

Alexander Membreno, 30, who lived in a building on the temple's property at 2860 Brower Ave., was charged with two counts of third degree grand larceny. Detectives said Membreno pawned many of the items for cash at a local pawnshop, police said.

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No information was released by police regarding whether any of the stolen artifacts had been recovered.

Membreno was to be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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