St. Helen Church in Howard Beach was the site of two burglaries during the month of December, and one of the men arrested in connection with the thefts is a man the church is familiar with.
Theodore Kurpiewski, 22, and his brother Thomas, 19, are accused of stealing money and a number of unidentified items from the sacristy of St. Helen Church twice. One incident took place the weekend before Christmas and the second during the weekend before New Year’s. The brothers are being charged with burglary in the third degree, petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.
This isn’t the first time the elder Kurpiewski has been accused of stealing from the church. He was convicted of a 2010 robbery of chalices and was sentenced to a year in jail in May 2011. Kurpiewski was arrested after his father returned one of the stolen ceremonial cups.
A source close to the investigation said the duo was caught on surveillance camera breaking into the church and leaving with money and other items on both occasions.