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2 homeless men arrested in connection with LI church burglaries

MEDFORD, N.Y. — Two homeless men were arrested Friday in connection with a church burglary that occurred in Medford.

William Stepnowski, 38, and Louis Parisi, 25, were caught trespassing at Calvary Baptist Church at 2918 Horseblock Rd. around 10 a.m. Friday.

When police arrived, the men ran into the woods.

Upon finding them near Devon Avenue and Knickerbocker Road, police determined that Stepnowski and Parisi were homeless.

Stepnowski was arrested and charged with third degree criminal trespass, possession of burglar’s tools and four counts of third degree burglary.

Parisi was also arrested and charged with third degree criminal trespass in connection to Friday’s incident.

Stepnowski is also connected to three other church burglaries. His charges also apply in relation to these burglaries.

One occurred at the Medford Assembly of God church at 2080 Route 112. Another occurred at Helping Hands Outreach Ministries at 950-5 Old Medford Ave. on Aug. 29. Another happened at St. Michael’s Archangel RC Church located at 900 County Rd. 16 in Farmingville on Sept. 1.

Stepnowski and Parisi is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday.