Alleged New York Thief Ordered to Stay Away From Church

March 9, 2012

An alleged thief has been barred from entering a Queens, N.Y., church.

A judge slapped Joseph Azzurro of the Bronx with an order of protection that bars him from entering the Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill.

Authorities say the 56-year-old has been arrested 40 times and served three prison terms since the 1980s for stealing cash from Catholic church poor boxes.

The Daily News says his most recent arrest was for attempting to steal from Holy Child Jesus Church on Christmas Eve.

Azzurro was arraigned on Feb. 24 on charges of attempted petty larceny. He was released without bail.

His Legal Aid lawyer said she would do a thorough investigation.

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