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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Homeless Iraq veteran stole from Chapel then left note

Homeless Iraq war veteran stole from Staten Island chapel, left note, cops say
By John M. Annese
Staten Island Advance
January 26, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A homeless 25-year-old who served in the Iraq War stole cash from a chapel donation box in Meiers Corners, then left a note asking people to "give money to homeless veterans," according to authorities.

Casey Cocozello was arrested on the grounds of the Society of St. Paul Alba House, at 2187 Victory Blvd., last Saturday, after he made two separate trips into a locked office there that day, according to police.

On Tuesday, police hit Cocozello with additional charges, accusing him of stealing the credit card numbers of a friend who had given him a place to stay and using them to go shopping.
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