Uniondale church leaders eager to replace nearly $3,000 worth of stolen audio equipment had their prayers answered when the suspects walked into the music store they were in to resell the electronics.

Nassau County police said New Jerusalem Church of Christ staff was at Sam Ash in Carle Place when the alleged burglars walk in with a cart full of their stolen speakers, microphones, amplifiers and keyboards on Wednesday. The victims identified the items as the electronics they use for their church services.

Police arrested 25-year-old Triston Thomas of Elmont, Richard Norris of Freeport and Duane Smith, both 23. All three were charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Smith and Thomas were also charged with burglary.

Judge Joy Watson set bail for Smith and Thomas at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. Norris’ bail was set at $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash. They are due back in court Tuesday.


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