Serial poor box thief banned from Queens church

March 8, 2012 4:40:30 AM PST
A suspected thief caught stealing from the poor box is now banned from a church in Queens.

Joseph Azzurro, 56, is what police call a church creeper.

He has been arrested for stealing from churches 40 times.

Investigators say a priest at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill spotted Azzurro stealing on Christmas eve.

He ran off, but was later arrested.

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