Student project catches church thief in Malverne

Two teenagers videotaping a school project caught a convicted thief on camera allegedly stealing money from a church in Malverne. Police say 45-year-old John Scimeca, of Malverne, was in Our Lady of Lourdes Church when teens from Kellenberg High School taped him taking money out of the votive candle box. Days later, police say one of students father taped Scimeca taking money from a poor box. Scimeca has a total of 23 arrests and served 30 days in jail for stealing from a church in Valley Stream, according to police.

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