A Mineola man was arrested Friday and charged with committing 10 burglaries in Nassau County this summer, including at three churches, police said.

Peter Granath, 30, was stopped at 4:07 a.m. Friday after police responded to a building alarm on Willis Avenue in Mineola, police said.

Upon arrival, officers said, they observed a man running west on Ferncroft Road. After canvassing the area, officers located Granath at the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Canterbury Road and apprehended him without incident, police said.

During the investigation, police said they determined that Granath was also responsible for the following burglaries in July and August:

  • the DiCrescio law office in East Williston on July 20;
  • the Palacios law group in Mineola on July 20;
  • the Bacchion accounting office in Mineola on July 26;
  • an office building on Willis Avenue in Mineola on July 26;
  • the 7 Day Spa in Hempstead on July 27;
  • the Klee Woolf Goldman Filipi LLP in Mineola on Friday.

Granath also was charged with burglarizing three churches: the Edge City Church in Mineola on July 26; the Citadel of Greatness Church in Hempstead on July 28; and the Chamsarang Korean Methodist Church in Hempstead on Aug. 3, police said.

Granath was charged with 10 counts of third-degree burglary and third-degree and fourth-degree criminal mischief, police said. Police said he stole undisclosed amounts of money from the locations.

He was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead and held on bail of $20,000 cash or bond, according to online court records. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. Efforts to reach that organization were unsuccessful Saturday evening.

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