2017-08-30 / Front Page

Iglesia Bautista Church Robbed

By Dan Miller & Joyce Vetere Milowski

Site of recent Church robbery in Corona, where three guitars were stolen by a black male with a balding hairline, as captured on security cameras at the theft site.Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESSite of recent Church robbery in Corona, where three guitars were stolen by a black male with a balding hairline, as captured on security cameras at the theft site.Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESLast Tuesday on the morning of August 14, at about 2:00AM an intruder broke the lock on the side entrance to the Iglesia Bautista Church located at 35-23 108th Street, Corona. The thief, wearing a bright yellow fisherman’s raincoat, entered the music room and helped himself to 3 guitars, including an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar and a base guitar valued at more than $2,300.

Queens Gazette reporters visited the crime scene and learned from members of the community that the community was enraged to learn about the robbery so close to where they live. Parishioners at neighboring houses of worship were frightened to learn about, “ a thief stealing from a house of God.”

The thief, caught on security video cameras, took his time searching through the church. He was seen picking up three guitars and stuffing them into a large black plastic bag. He even took the time to light up a cigarette before he left the scene of this theft.

The music teacher who used the guitars to teach music at the Iglesia Bautista Church also coordinates a music program both at the Iglesia Church of God, just down the block from the crime scene. Nothing was disturbed at the location of the sister church.

Pastor Juan Carlos Suero was very hurt by the theft, questioning the motives of the thief whose actions were captured on security cameras.

Just last night, Tuesday August 22, James Woznik, a 23 year old homeless Queens man, was arraigned in Queens criminal court for robbing four houses of worship over a period of three weeks all within a mile of the guitar theft site. When asked by authorities why he committed the robberies, Woznik admitted that he committed the robberies because he was angry at God.

According to police, the culprit, 23 year old Joseph Woznik admitted to the robberies. Police reported that Mr. Woznik had told them, ”I’m sick and tired of hearing about religion.” He was captured on Tuesday and admitted to police, “ I don’t break into houses, only churches. I break in to get back at God.” The accused was charged grand larceny and burglary as a hate crime, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property and could serve up to fifteen years in prison if convicted of the charges. Woznik was held on $200,000 bail and placed on suicide watch. It sounds like Mr. Woznik is not a very nice person. The NYPD Grand Larceny unit was credited with the collar.

Anyone with information about this crime or someone attempting to sell guitars in Queens is asked to contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800-577-TIPS (8477).



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