3 Torahs Reported Stolen From Bronx Synagogue

Published on February 11, 2013, 8:13 pm
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Police on Monday were searching for three Torahs that were reported stolen from a synagogue in the northeast section of the Bronx.

The Torahs reportedly disappeared Sunday from the Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway Synagogue, at 100 E. 208th St., in the Norwood section of the Bronx.

The Torahs are reportedly worth $90,000.

Details about the thefts, or how the thieves got into the synagogue to take the Torahs, were not immediately learned.

This is not the first time recently that a Torah or other sacred item has been reported stolen from an area synagogue.

Last month, a $30,000 Torah was reported stolen in Brooklyn, along with a car belonging to a rabbi who had been restoring the Torah scroll. But the car and the Torah were recovered safely less than a mile from the synagogue where the vehicle had been parked at the time of the reported theft, police said.

Burglars also struck two synagogues in Queens last year.

In Forest Hills in June, the burglars made off with two Torah plates, a pointer and a wine cup after they were discovered missing from the Congregation Ahavath Shalom Synagogue.

In February of last year, three silver Torah crowns, two silver Torah mini-crowns, three silver Torah breastplates, four silver Torah pointers and one silver cup were taken from the Congregation Rachel Degel Israel in Kew Gardens, Queens.

And in upstate Monticello in January of last year, a Torah was stolen by a burglar who broke through a rear window and also took about $200 in cash, police said.

There have been no arrests made and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1800577TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 188857PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stopperswebsite or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All tips will be kept strictly confidential.


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