Teddy Bears Stolen from Bris in Flatbush


teddy-bear1The NY Daily News reports: A shameless Bonnie and Clyde team clipped a bunch of teddy bear centerpieces Friday from a bris hosted by a Brooklyn city councilman, police said.The daring theft came following the religious ceremony, called a bris, on Avenue T in Brooklyn for the 8-day-old twin grandchildren of Councilman Michael Nelson and his wife, Maureen.

“It really hurt a beautiful affair,” said the Sheepshead Bay councilman. “Everything was going so nicely.”

The brazen theft came as close to 100 guests ate in the ground-floor catering hall of the synagogue that hosted the bris.

Working together, the woman entered the catering hall and began collecting donations for charity while the man gathered the balloons and teddy bears that made up the centerpieces and took them upstairs.

“My wife asked me who they were,” Nelson said. “But I tried to be a nice guy and let them stay.”

Nelson said guests figured the pair were with the caterers, while the caterers assumed they were family members.

“It’s chutzpah to come inside during a celebration and steal the centerpieces while people are enjoying themselves,” said a guest who asked not to be identified.

Unable to squeeze his loot through a door on the second floor, police said, the man began popping the balloons.

The father of the twins then went upstairs to check out the commotion, only to encounter the thief and his collection of teddy bears.

“My son-in-law walked in and said, ‘What are you doing?'” Nelson said. “And that’s when the guy went after him.”

The thief vanished after a two-block chase.

“The guy ran like a track star,” Nelson said.

Not only was the sticky-fingered partycrasher seen on video as he fled with the bears, but he left behind other gifts that included envelopes stuffed with cash.

Cops were examining the video to take a look at the uninvited guest, who Nelson said was wearing a yarmulke. His female accomplice was in traditional black garb, he said.

{NY Daily News/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Oy Vey! Eis tzara he leyakov! This calls for a Yom Teffila! Maybe we can even make a special assifa! We have to be mefashfeysh bemasov!

  2. whats the fuss? as long as they didnt steal the food! whats a teddy bear doing at a bris? u cant eat it! why air our dirty laudry?