A North Massapequa man awaiting sentencing for a prior petty larceny has been charged with attempting to steal two wall-mounted donation boxes from a Farmingdale mosque in January, Nassau County police said.
Records indicate that Imel Castillo, 21, of 207 N. Beech St., was jailed on two petty larceny cases dating to August 2014 when he was linked earlier this month to the attempted burglary of Masjid Bilal Mosque on Fulton Street.
Police said he was linked to the burglary by a tip to Crime Stoppers.DataLI crime stats
Police said that on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 a.m., Castillo entered the mosque through an unlocked rear window -- and attempted to remove the donation boxes. The burglary was caught on surveillance video, police said.
Nothing was taken.
Castillo was arraigned on a charge of third-degree burglary Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.
The circumstances of the two prior cases in which Castillo has been charged were not immediately clear Wednesday. Records indicate that in one case he was charged with petty larceny and criminal mischief; in the other, with petty larceny. He initially was released on his own recognizance, but was returned to court on a warrant in February and ordered held on $5,000 bail -- which he failed to post. He pleaded guilty in the second case and is awaiting sentencing, according to records.
He is due in court on all three cases on Aug. 18.