A school janitor was arrested Thursday after he stole at least $3,000 in checks from parents and deposited them into his bank account, police said.
Anthony D’Ambrosio, 22, was on the job at Levittown Memorial Education Center when he stole the checks, which were meant to pay for a dance program, Nassau County police said. The center is a former high school building that hosts administrative offices and the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center.
D’Ambrosio of Arlington Drive, Seaford, was arrested at 5:12 p.m. Thursday at work. He was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead on a third-degree grand larceny charge, according to online court records. Bail was set at $1,000 bond or $500 cash.
D'Ambrosio is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, according to online court records. No one from that office could be reached Friday.
In a statement Friday, Superintendent of Schools Tonie McDonald said D'Ambrosio had "passed all necessary background checks" when he was hired as a part-time substitute cleaner on April 23.
"As a result of this incident, the district will no longer be using his services," McDonald said. "When this matter came to our notice, the district fully cooperated with law enforcement, and will continue to do so, if necessary. As this is a police matter, the district has no further comment, other than to thank local law enforcement for their appropriate response and action."