NYPD: 2 Men Arrested on SI for Stealing Sandy Relief Supplies

The two men were arrested Friday at the Christian Pentecostal Church in Concord

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013  |  Updated 2:36 PM EDT
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NYPD: 2 Men Arrested for Stealing Sandy Relief Supplies

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Police say two thieves have been arrested on Staten Island for stealing relief supplies intended for victims of Sandy.

The Staten Island Advance reports that the two men were arrested Friday at the Christian Pentecostal Church in Concord. Police say the thieves were trying to load 35 cases of bottled water into a rented U-Haul.

The NYPD was staking out the church because church leaders have reported a rash of thefts of donations including blankets, cleaning supplies and diapers.

The church's pastor, John Rocco Carlo, said the supplies are always stored in a locked parking lot. But he says the thieves have been hopping walls and finding other ways to get in.

Carlo says the burglaries began before Thanksgiving.

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