Man Arrested For Allegedly Stealing 20K In Jewish Artifacts
March 8, 2013
Alexander Membreno, 30, accused of taking religious items from Temple for several months
(Long Island, NY) The superintendent of the Oceanside Jewish Center was arrested Thursday after allegedly stealing religious artifacts in the amount of $20,000 from the temple over the course of the last six months, Nassau County Police said.
Alexander Membreno, 30, stands charged that he stole the expensive artifacts between October 2012 and March 2013, and sold many of them to a local pawn shop for cash, according to authorities.
Membreno, who resided in a building located on the grounds of the Jewish Center located at 2860 Brower Avenue, is currently the center of an investigation into the whereabouts of the missing items, police said.
Representatives of the temple contacted Nassau Police after they noticed a large number of religious artifacts had gone missing over several months. After conducting an investigation, cops deduced that Membreno was the culprit and placed him under arrest at his residence.
Membreno was arraigned on Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead on two counts of grand larceny in the third degree.