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04/10/2013 02:04 pm ET | Updated Jun 10, 2013

Suspected Mezuzah Burner Has Nothing 'Against Jewish People,' Says Grandma

BROOKLYN -- Cops believe the man who lit fire to a dozen Jewish talismans in Williamsburg apartments is a career criminal who was recently arrested for stealing $700 from his girlfriend before stabbing her in the foot in February, according to police and court documents.

The NYPD nabbed 35-year-old Ruben Ublies from his girlfriend's Sterling Place apartment Wednesday morning, the same apartment where their relationship erupted in violence just months before, sources said. He was not immediately charged with the arson incidents.

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