The DNAinfo archives brought to you by WNYC.
Read the press release here.

$2K of Copper Wire Stolen from Church of Scientology in Harlem, Police Say

By Gustavo Solis | February 19, 2015 11:23am
 Someone stole $2,000 worth of copper wire from the Church of Scientology, police said. 
Someone stole $2,000 worth of copper wire from the Church of Scientology, police said. 
View Full Caption
DNAinfo/Gustavo Solis

EAST HARLEM — A thief stole $2,000 worth of copper wire from the Church of Scientology on East 125th Street.

A construction crew working on the multi-million dollar facility noticed that the door of the site was open when they showed up to work on Feb. 7, according to the NYPD.

Once inside they found more than $1,000 worth of construction tools — including a $300 chop saw, a $400 grinder and a $200 drill set — gone. They also saw that copper wire was missing from the basement.

The crew had last been at the future site of the Church of Scientology the previous Saturday, police said.

The church and community center are expected to open sometime this year, Harlem’s Church of Scientology previously told DNAinfo.

The church did not respond to questions about the robbery.

Other recent crimes in the 25th Precinct:

►A man was beaten after yelling "Watch the way you drive" at a car that nearly hit him, according to the NYPD.

The 35-year-old victim was crossing Third Avenue at 117th Street about 8 p.m. on Feb. 7 when he was almost struck by a Nissan. After he yelled at the sedan, the driver and a passenger got out of the car and demanded an apology. 

When the victim tried to call 911, one of the men punched him in the face and shoved him to the ground. The other man kicked the victim in the back and went through his pockets, police said.

The suspects took the man's phone, got back in the sedan and drove off.

One of the suspects is about 22, 5 foot 5 and 170 pounds with long black braided hair. The other is about 25, 6 foot and 200 pounds with short hair, police said. 

►A cashier stole more than $1,000 of groceries from the Pathmark on East 125th Street, according to the NYPD. 

On six different occasions, the suspect scanned items, but voided the sale before bagging them and giving them to customers, police said. 

Employees at the store noticed the pattern on Feb. 7, police said.

Pathmark declined to comment.