High school football coach arrested

Fired from job after charges announced
March 28, 2008 7:26:28 AM PDT
An assistant football coach at South Side High School in Rockville Centre was charged with faking the burglary of money earned from a fundraiser and instead pocketing the cash. 24-year-old Anthony Bruno initially reported that money earned from a baseball fundraiser was stolen when the coaches' office at the high school was broken into Tuesday night, according to police.

Bruno, of Hempstead, also claimed his Blackberry cell phone was taken.

Upon further investigation, detectives say that Bruno had pocketed the cash, about $540 collected during a hat sale. He kicked in the door to the office, broke into a locked locker and took the cash -- and then made up the burglary story to cover his tracks.

He was charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and making a false written statement. He will be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on April 7.

Bruno was fired today from his job as assistant football coach and the co-coach of the varsity baseball team.

He played for the high school as a student and was a 2006 graduate of St. John's University.