A Crown Heights Shul was burglarized on Friday night and the thief made off with the silver crown of the Sefer Torah, tools, a guitar and other items of value.
The theft occurred in Chevra Ahavas Yisroel on Albany Avenue and Lincoln Place, and was discovered Shabbos Morning when the Shuls Rabbi, Rabbi Chezzi Denebeim, arrived before Davening.
“The Aron Kodesh was wide open and things were thrown around,” said Rabbi Denebeim. “The basement was also broken into and construction tools and well as musical instruments are missing.”
The rabbi estimated the loss in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Apparently, the burglar forced his way in through a window and spent a considerable amount of time searching for items of value, then simply exited from the front door.
Congregants walked a few blocks and flagged down police officers who came to the Shul and took a report. Detectives arrived shortly after and promised that they are taking the matter very seriously. Surveillance cameras from nearby buildings are also being used in hopes of identifying the thief.