Queens man accused of stealing from poor boxes on LI

NEW HYDE PARK - Police say they arrested a Queens man yesterday for stealing from the poor on Long Island.

According to investigators, Ahmad Saeed was caught on surveillance video walking into the Hillside Islamic Center in New Hyde Park Tuesday and stuffing his pockets with about $800 from donation boxes.

Detective Lt. Raymond Cote, of the Nassau County Police Department, says when investigators watched the video, they recognized Saeed as the person who broke into donation boxes in Bethpage and Westbury less than a year ago.

The 48-year-old man is currently on probation after being convicted of those crimes.

Saeed, a taxi driver, allegedly admitted to police that he would survey mosques everywhere, from Suffolk County to Westchester, trying to find new targets.

Detectives say Saeed is not a poor man and doesn't appear to have a drug problem, and they say he claims to be religious.

Saeed has been charged with burglary. Police believe he has targeted more places of worship.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about similar crimes in the area to contact them at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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