Man Allegedly Steals Cell Phone From Mourner At Funeral On L.I.

FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities said a man is accused of stealing a mourner’s cell phone during a Long Island funeral Mass.

He’s also charged with pilfering poor boxes at two churches.

Police said the woman’s phone was taken Tuesday when she left her purse on a pew at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Franklin Square.

They said the victim earlier gave the suspect $10 when he asked for money.

Jayson Bianco also was charged with stealing cash from two of St. Catherine’s poor boxes on Friday, and with removing three poor boxes from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hempstead on May 29.

Bianco was charged with petit larceny and third-degree burglary.

The name of his attorney was not immediately known.

Stealing a cell phone in church? What do you make of that? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Will

    This was my childhood friend. He’s actually very bright (or was, anyway). This is what drugs do to people. This will be the second time he’s going to prison for burglarizing a church. He just got out a few years ago. They held him for 3 years. Now I suspect they’ll hold him for 5 or 7. It’s a real shame, because this guy was smart enough to do almost anything.

  • flea

    Another N.Y.C. “feel-good” story.

  • bushman

    They should chop his arm off like they do in thirld world countries.we are too lenient in this country,we waste time on courts and jail,i

  • Mike

    What a complete loser.

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