Kippah-clad thief steals 4 Torah scrolls from NY synagogue
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Kippah-clad thief steals 4 Torah scrolls from NY synagogue

Man took items valued at approximately $240,000 during Simhat Torah festival; NY councilman offers $1,000 reward for information

The Avenue O Synagogue in the Midwood section of Brookyln, New York. (Screen capture: Google Maps)
The Avenue O Synagogue in the Midwood section of Brookyln, New York. (Screen capture: Google Maps)

Four Torah scrolls valued at approximately $240,000 were stolen from a Brooklyn synagogue during the Simhat Torah festival on Tuesday.

Surveillance video showed a man in his 20s wearing a kippah entering the Avenue O Synagogue in the Midwood section and leaving with the scrolls, according to local news reports. It is not known whether the thief is Jewish.

The Orthodox synagogue was locked at the time and it is not known how the man got into the building, according to reports.

New York City Councilman David Greenfield has offered a $1,000 reward to anyone that provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of “the despicable criminal who committed this crime,” he told WPIX-TV.

“We will not tolerate this outrageous criminal activity in our community,” Greenfield said.

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