A man has been accused of stealing $20,000 worth of religious artifacts from the Oceanside Jewish Center over the past six months.

Nassau County police arrested Alexander Membreno, who was employed as the center’s super, and charged him with grand larceny.

Police said the 30-year-old man who lived in a building on the temple grounds stole the items between October 2012 and March.

Fourth Squad detectives, who are continuing the investigation, found that Membreno pawned many of the items for cash at a local pawn shop, police said.

Membreno will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.