A plumber from Bay Shore was arraigned on grand larceny charges Friday after police said he stole a solid-brass tabernacle -- a locked box -- from a Uniondale church where he was making repairs to a boiler.

Bail was set at $25,000 bond or cash for Peter J. Vignona, 53, of 34 Brook Ave., who appeared in First District Court in Hempstead.

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Nassau County police said the tabernacle, as well as scrap metal, was stolen at about 1:20 p.m. Jan. 8 from the church at 1220 Front St.

An investigation led to the arrest of Vignona at his Bay Shore home at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, police said. Police said Vignona, working for Traditional AC Plumbing, was charged with third-degree and fourth-degree grand larceny.

The tabernacle was not recovered, police said.

Vignona is scheduled to return to court Jan. 22.