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The NYPD in Brooklyn is on alert after two suspicious males were seen casing at least two large Sephardic Synagogues, Saturday afternoon.
Sources tell YWN that the first incident happened around 4:15PM at Congregation Bet Yaakob which is located at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue R – directly across the street from the Mirrer Yeshiva. An alert security guard hired by the Shul witnessed the two men walk up the stairs to the front door of the Shul, look at the shul video camera, and were about to take a photo when he approached them and asked them to leave the premises.
The entire episode was captured on video – which has been attached to this article.
The security guard wrote down the make and model of the car, as well as the license plate number of the vehicle, which was a blue Honda Accord with a partial license plate number PT96584 (State of Delaware).
After Shabbos, a member of the Shul showed the video to a member of another Sephardic Shul, and the individual stated that he also saw the same two men casing the Bet Torah Shul, which is located just a few blocks away on Ocean Parkway and Avenue K. Additionally, the two suspicious men drove off in a blue Honda Accord as well.
Not taking any chances, the NYPD was contacted and a thorough investigation is underway. The NYPD’s anti-terrorism unit, as well as senior police officials are heavily involved in the investigation.
“I urge everyone to stay calm but remain cautious,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind told YWN.
“The NYPD’s anti-terrorism unit is taking this matter very seriously and doing everything that they should in light of a potential threat. If anyone has any information, they are urged to contact the police immediately.”
Councilman David Greenfield and the NYPD both tweeted about the incidents as well:
2 men took videos at 2 shuls on Ocean Parkway. They drove Blue Honda w. Delaware plates. Video: http://t.co/H4Fj6p4g9X Seen them? Call 911!
— David G. Greenfield (@NYCGreenfield) March 8, 2015
Contact us if you know of 2 men taking videos @ 2 synagogues on ocean pkwy DE partial# PT96584 blue Honda unk model http://t.co/a1XLPFkdnY
— NYPD 66th Precinct (@NYPD66Pct) March 8, 2015
(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)