2006-10-06 / Community

Cop 'Bags' Burglar As He Exits School

By Brian Magoolaghan

A Far Rockaway man faces burglary charges after a police officer spotted him leaving a private Jewish school carrying a large plastic bag that contained charity collection cans, radios and other items, according to court records.

Herbert Anderson, 42, was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. on September 22 when Police Officer Michael Depace of the 101 Precinct saw him carrying a large plastic bag as he exited Bnos Bais Yaakov of Far Rockaway through the front gate.

Depace stopped Anderson and discovered the bag contained three radios, three charity collection cans containing an undisclosed sum of money, several compact discs and videotapes. Rabbi Shmuel Hiller, the dean of the private school located on Beach 9 Street, verified that the items belonged to the school and told police that Anderson of 316 Beach 15 Street was never authorized to enter school grounds.

Anderson is charged with burglary, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven Paynter set bail at $5,000, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

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