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Manhattan man arrested in church donation-box thefts in Nassau

Wayne McKay, 57, of Manhattan, was arrested Thursday

Wayne McKay, 57, of Manhattan, was arrested Thursday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2014, and charged with petty larceny and criminal mischief in connection with the theft of cash from donation boxes this month at four Nassau County churches, police said. Credit: NCPD

A Manhattan man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with stealing cash from the donation boxes this month at four Nassau County churches, police said.

Nassau police said Wayne McKay, 57, of 390 Ninth Ave., stole cash from St. Mary's in Roslyn Harbor, St. Dominic in Oyster Bay, St. Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square and St. Pius X in Plainview. The thefts occurred between Sept. 4 and Thursday, when McKay was confronted by a witness who police said saw him stealing cash from two donation boxes at St. Pius just after 2 p.m.

Police said responding Second Precinct officers then found McKay on Washington Avenue and arrested him.

The subsequent investigation revealed that McKay had also stolen cash from donation boxes at St. Mary's on Sept. 4, St. Dominic on Sept. 5, St. Catherine on Sept. 6 and again from St. Dominic on Sept. 8, police said. He was charged with five counts of petty larceny and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief.

It was not immediately clear how much money was taken.

McKay was ordered held on $1,000 bond or cash bail at his arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead. He is scheduled to return to court Tuesday.

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