As reported by BrooklynScoop.com on June 18th, numerous talleisim with valuable silver ataras have been stolen from shuls across the Flatbush area throughout the course of the past three weeks. Many of the talleisim stolen had great sentimental value to their owners, some having been passed down for many generations. This past week, Flatbush Shomrim was instrumental in the apprehension of two teenagers responsible for the spate of thefts throughout the Flatbush community. It is suspected that the thieves have been selling or trading the silver ataras, quite a lucrative enterprise in today’s silver market.
With careful attention to detail and the cooperation of neighborhood shuls and rabbanim, Shomrim was at last successful in tracking down the criminals. The perpetrators, brothers aged 23 and 19, have a history of arrests for narcotics, assault and silver theft, and are local Flatbush residents. Dressed in fine clothes on Shabbos and yeshiva wear during the week, the brothers easily blended into the average shul population. As heavy drug addicts, the teens have been using the profits earned from the stolen ataras to support their drug addictions. Arrests were made by the 70th Precinct Detective Squad, in particular, Joe Perry, 61st Precinct Detective Sherwin Ifill, as well as the 63rd Precinct Detective Squad.