Police: Leonard Degaetano caught stealing from Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Lindenhurst

A parishioner is under arrest for allegedly stealing money from the donation boxes at his Lindenhurst church. Leonard Degaetano was caught and arrested Friday after

Leonard Degaetano was caught and arrested Friday for allegedly stealing money from a Lindenhurst church.

Leonard Degaetano was caught and arrested Friday for allegedly stealing money from a Lindenhurst church. (9/22/13)

LINDENHURST - A parishioner is under arrest for allegedly stealing money from the donation boxes at his Lindenhurst church.

Leonard Degaetano, 43, was caught and arrested Friday after police led a stakeout at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church.

Monsignor Joe DeGrocco says he and other church officials were suspicious after they discovered donation boxes were mysteriously light. A security camera was set up and DeGrocco says they saw the suspect reach into the boxes with tweezers attached to a wire to take the money.

The crime happened multiple times and after viewing the security footage, DeGrocco called the police. Degaetano was wearing a mask when he was caught and when police removed it, DeGrocco recognized him as a parishioner.
 

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