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Union Rescue Mission Burglar Pleads No Contest

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 07:54PM
Union Rescue Mission_A Ed Fuentes

Arrested in December 2007 and charged with stealing $100,000 from a safe at the Union Rescue Mission, Alvin Synder today pled no contest to four charges filed against him. He faces a maximum of twenty-one years in prison.

The robbery took place on December 2, 2007. The safe contained money that homeless individuals had entrusted to the mission for safe-keeping. A fire set to cover the incident forced the mission's 800 residents to evacuate the building at 4am.

The next day, police arrested Synder, who mission officials said had left the facility on unfriendly terms a week earlier.

Synder has been jailed since his arrest. The no contest plea today occurred on the sixth day of his trial.

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