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Man accused of robbing church poor boxes

Leonard Degaetano. 43, of Lindenhurst, was arrested and

Leonard Degaetano. 43, of Lindenhurst, was arrested and charged with burglary and possession of burglar's tools in the thefts from poor boxes at Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church, at 210 South Wellwood Ave., after several previous thefts. (Sept. 20, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

Suffolk County Police arrested a Lindenhurst man Friday night, after he allegedly stole cash from the poor boxes in a local Catholic church.

Police officers had been monitoring surveillance video at Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church, at 210 South Wellwood Ave., after several previous thefts.

About 9 p.m. Friday, the officers saw a man later identified as Leonard Degaetano, 43, using a wirelike object as a hook to remove cash from the boxes.

Degaetano tried to flee, but officers caught up with him and made the arrest. He is charged with burglary 3rd degree and possession of burglar's tools. He was also charged with burglary 3rd degree for a previous theft in the church.

The investigation is continuing.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the thefts to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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