Police: Man Burglarized 10 Houses of Worship

Detectives plan to meet with clergy leaders about the spree.

A Long Beach man was arrested in connection with 10 burglaries at houses of worship throughout the city since last summer.

Terrence Farr, 44, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of third-degree burglary on Dec. 8, and was arraigned at Long Beach City Court by Judge Frank Dikranis on Friday. Farr is being held at the Nassau County Correction Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to detectives, Farr committed 10 burglaries from July to December at St. Mary of the Isle Church, Cruzada Evangelica Misioner, Friedberg Jewish Community Center Nursery School, New Life Church of Christ, and Bach Jewish Center. Some of these buildings were burglarized more then once, police said.

“The proceeds of these burglaries were typically cash and items that were made of precious or semi-precious metals,” said Sgt. Richard DePalma in a statement. “Our detectives conducted a thorough investigation that included surveillance at some of the locations. Based on this and other evidence, the Long Beach police detectives arrested Mr. Farr.” 

LBPD Inspector John Radin and Detective Lt. James Canner plan to hold an informational meeting with local clergy leaders about the burglary spree Dec. 13.

“Clergy leaders will be informed of what has been happening in regard to these burglaries and what has been done to prevent any reoccurrences,” police said.

Patch reported on a burglary spree of houses of worship and focused on a burglary in October at the St. John's Lutheran Church by The Sea, where ten antique, solid brass candle holders and candelabras, communion candles and two brass vases were stolen from the alter and the adjacent sacristy room.

* This story was updated at 12:50 p.m. on 12/12/11.

Gerald Cymbalsky December 09, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Good job LBPD.
Eddie December 10, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Another nice job by the LBPD. Thank you gentlemen. Hope this is truly the guy who did this.
Renee Bindler December 10, 2011 at 05:09 AM
Thank you LBPD!!
Lloyd December 10, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I hope he spends Christmas in jail. That'll teach him???
Christopher December 10, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Stealing from the church or anyone else on that note have a holy Joly christmas
Tisizele December 11, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Perhaps forgives should be extended. After all, that is an attribute of God!
Lucy Centeno December 12, 2011 at 01:20 AM
Although it was not mentioned, St. Johns was also hit . Not once, but 3 times! I personally know this man. He not only knew what he was doing, but has been banned by family members because of his theiving ways. I can forgive him, but I can NOT forget what he has done to my church. The holidays are here and our most precious items to celebrate them with are gone. Thank God no lives were lost. May he have a great dinner on the county for X-mas and be sent somewhere to get the much needed help he needs and has needed for a long time.
Lloyd December 12, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Who deleted my biting comment?
paul.d.spellman December 12, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Lucy, Get off Farr's back. I heard the stories and read the articles. Let the legal system handle it and we will know the results in the end.
Lloyd December 12, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Anybody know where I can get really good, authentic Wonton Soup here in town? Even the noodles here are lousy. I have to drive all the way over to my old neighborhood and that means crossing the Loop Pkwy drawbridge, to get the old fashioned Wonton soup.
Tisizele December 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Search ur hearts (church & temple). Think about all ur sins. All that God has forgiven, extended mercy & miracles. Show this man that your God is real. No lives were loss. Materials can be replaced. this is ur chance to show an act of love. Don't press charges. Request he gets the help he needs. IJS.
Lloyd December 13, 2011 at 01:45 PM
A few years in jail will help help greatly. That'll give him plenty of time to read the Bible and pray for forgiveness.
Lucy Centeno December 13, 2011 at 11:59 PM
I understand what you are saying. My God did NOT take what wasn't his, and yes, no lives were lost. But a career criminal needs to learn at some point. He needs help. What he took from us was materialistic, but irreplaceable given how they were made and the way in which St. Johns acquired them. I forgive him for the acts he commited, but I will not forget nor allow this person to enjoy the HOLY days with nothing on his conscience except his next haul. Pressing charges is the right thing to do to get him the help he needs. I also believe that where ever or whomever he sold these things to, should also be charged! And Lloyd, sorry, but that was the best I could do at that moment. Spellman drives me crazy with his STUPID comments.
paul.d.spellman December 14, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Lucy, Which of my comments are you calling stupid? Was it the "Get off Farr's back. I heard the stories and read the articles. Let the legal system handle it and we will know the results in the end."?
Christopher December 17, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Lloyd if you have never been there Jail helps no one. Lucy I agree forgiveness in the heart is where it rest. Paul you are right as well let the criminal justice system deal with him.


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