Police arrest St. Albans man wanted for stealing guitars and cash from places of worship

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Police from the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica have arrested a St. Albans man for a string of burglaries at a number of locations, including houses of worship.

Satesh Baljit, 23, of 202nd Street was arrested and charged with grand larceny and criminal trespass and several other counts for a number of crimes, according to the NYPD.

Cops were looking for a suspect who entered St. Jared Majella Church, located at 90-20 191st St., on Oct. 30 and removed two Gibson guitars valued at $1,600.

Authorities linked Baljit to at least four other four additional burglaries.

Investigators discovered that Baljit’s crime spree allegedly began on April 22, 2018 when police say he broke into a Subway sandwich shop at 205-20 Jamaica Ave. and he removed $150 in cash and three dozen bottles of soda before fleeing.

On Jan. 18, Baljit allegedly entered the NYC Muslim Center Mosque, located at 90-20 191st., and removed $1,900 in cash from the collection boxes before fleeing. Days later, Baljit allegedly entered St. Jared Majella Church again on Jan. 24 and tampered with collection boxes causing damage and removing nearly $90 in cash before fleeing the scene.

Baljit returned to the NYC Muslim Center Mosque on Jan. 31 and remained inside unlawfully. Baljit was identified, via surveillance video, as the suspect who had stolen money from collection boxes at the same mosque on Jan. 18.

Baljit was taken into custody and charged in each incident.