Alleged Mosque Burglar Arrested on Long Island

Police say the suspect stole from the mosque on two occasions.

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    A 48-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from a Long Island mosque donation box on two occasions, police say.

    Detectives say an employee of the Jaame Mafjid Mosque in North Bellmore saw Ahmad Saeed on surveillance video looting a donation box late Wednesday.

    The video showed the Queens man using a wire to try to get the cash out of the box, authorities said.

    Police said the mosque worker who saw the surveillance video confronted Saeed as he left the building and notified authorities.

    Further investigation revealed this wasn't the first time Saeed allegedly tried to steal from the mosque. Police say Saeed was seen on surveillance video stealing from the donation box a week before the latest incident.

    Saeed was charged with two counts of burglary and possession of burglary tools. He will be arraigned in Hempstead later Thursday.

    It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

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