Four sacred Torah scrolls valued at $200,000 went missing from a synagogue in Brooklyn and investigators with the New York Police Department are now scanning surveillance videos, trying to identify and locate the suspect.
The scrolls were stolen from Avenue O Synagogue in the 1 a.m. hour.
The suspect, captured on camera, seems in his 20s and was wearing a yarmulke when he entered the synagogue. It’s not clear if he’s Jewish, however.
Meanwhile, a reward for the capture of the thief and return of the scrolls has been offered.
“City councilman David G. Greenfield says the burglary is “especially upsetting” because it occurred during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah – a time where observant Jews around the world celebrate the annual completion of the weekly reading of the Torah portion.
“He is offering $1,000 reward for an imminent arrest of the “despicable criminal” and return of the Torahs.
“‘I will award $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the capture and conviction of the despicable criminal who committed this crime,’ Greenfield said. ‘We will not tolerate this outrageous criminal activity in our community.’”