By Ilana Siyance
On early Monday morning, police confirmed that an intruder stole six ceremonial crowns from an Orthodox synagogue in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.
As reported by the NY Post, police have video footage showing that at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, the suspect entered the Congregation Beth El of Flatbush synagogue, an Orthodox Sephardic Shul located on East 3rd Street by Avenue U. As per authorities, the NYPD released the footage which shows the burglar as he paced around the synagogue, picking up and moving things and placing things in a bag. The video then shows him stealing the impressive sacred crowns before making his exit. The monetary value of the ceremonial Torah crowns is estimated to be close to $8,200.
According to police, there were no signs of a forced entry, but it is not known how the intruder entered the synagogue. The suspect has not yet been identified. As of Monday, he is still on the loose and being sought after. The surveillance video is being circulated in hopes of apprehending the culprit.
Anyone with information is asked to call The NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA. A tip can also be submitted via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. Callers will be kept confidential.
At the end of December, WABC News reported that the NYPD were investigating a string of vandalized synagogues in Brooklyn as a potential hate crime. The police said they were trying to identify the man who scrawled graffiti at four synagogues on a Shabbat morning at the end of the month.
The vandal was accused of breaking into a synagogue in Midwood, damaging two cabinets and stealing $20.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD in that investigation.