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Stolen Car & Sefer Torah Recovered in Brooklyn



A car and the $30,000 Sefer Torah it contained has been recovered three days after it was reported stolen from in front of a shul in Brooklyn last weekend.

CBS 2 confirmed that sometime after 3:00 PM on Monday, police recovered the 2007 Toyota Corolla and the Torah scroll that was inside. The car was not damaged or broken into, police said.

The car, which was parked in front of Congregation Agudath Sholom of Flatbush, at 3714 18th Ave. near Coney Island Avenue, contained a Torah scroll said to be worth approximately $30,000, according to the NYPD. It was reportedly stolen at around 6:00 PM on Motzoei Shabbat. The thief apparently gained access to the car by taking the driver’s keys and wallet, which had been left inside the shul, police disclosed.

The authorities were not sure whether the thief knew that the sefer Torah was inside the car. The car’s owner, who is employed by Agudath Sholom, was essentially robbed of several other personal items that were in the car at the time it was stolen, including credit cards and articles of clothing.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), who had offered a $3,000 reward for the safe return of the Torah, expressed relief that the police had recovered it.

“The safety and sanctity of a Torah scroll means a great deal to our community,” Hikind stated. “The speedy recovery of this sacred scroll is a testimony to our ability to work together and the dedication of our extraordinary Police Commander Mike Dedo. Every last one of us will sleep easier tonight.”

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