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Jewish Center employee charged with stealing artifacts

March 5, 2013 4:32:39 AM PST
Police have arrested a man in Nassau County, Long Island they say stole and tried to pawn items from a Jewish center in Oceanside.

Alex Membreno, 30, worked as a super for the Oceanside Jewish Center, located on 2860 Brower Ave. Detectives say Membreno took numerous religious artifacts from the temple, valued over $20,000.

Further investigation revealed that Membreno pawned many of the items for cash at a local pawn shop.

The investigation is ongoing. Membreno is being charged with two counts of Grand Larceny in the third degree, and will head to court in Mineola Tuesday morning.

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