IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: Burglar Makes Off With $320,000 in Jewelry From Flatbush Home


Police are looking for a man who stole $320,000 in jewelry from a Flatbush home a few weeks ago.

The NYPD tells YWN that on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at approximately 5:30PM, an 83-year-old woman returned to her home in the vicinity of Ave L and East 26th Street and discovered her home was broken into from a side window. She called police and a subsequent investigation determined that burglar gained entry, and once inside, removed $320,000 worth of jewelry pieces before fleeing in unknown direction.

The person wanted for questioning is described as a male; last seen wearing a black baseball cap, jean jacket/pants and red shopping bags.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Additionally, if you ever see anything suspicious, please call 911 and then call the 24 hour Flatbush Shomrim hotline at 718-338-9797. Shomrim has an excellent working relationship with the NYPD, and dozens of members are patrolling the streets at all times of the day and night.

Please make sure your homes are well secured, your driveways are well-illuminated, and please make sure you have security cameras – which are very cheap to purchase.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. What kind of liberal garbage description Of the suspect are you giving? If the perp is a black, call a spade a spade.

  2. Who in their full faculties keeps $320k worth of jewelry in their house in Brooklyn of all places?

    I proudly own about $10k of jewelry and keep it in a safe deposit box at Chase and remove it only if I have a simcha and then I promptly return it to the safe deposit box

  3. Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Dollars $320,000.00 I’m trying to swallow that sum. A lot of jewelry for someone to own, costs more than most homes in the neighborhood (yes, I’m ‘Out of Town’). Could sustain Tomchai Shabbos for a long time with that type of money, none of it goes to the Olam Habah.

  4. People in the jewelry business might have that much jewelry in the house. And the value of my jewelry would go up substantially if it were stolen.

  5. @TGISHABBOS Maybe She makes $100,000,000 a year, gives $99,000,000 to tzedaka and decided spend $320,000 on jewelery. Is that not OK? we shouldn’t be quick to judge others.

  6. $320,000?!
    83 years old?

    The great divide between the Haves and Have-Nots.

    Maybe some shrouds do have pockets.

  7. Even if the dollar amount of the loss is accurate (may it be a כפרה), please consider the many reasons for not publicizing such a large dollar value of Jewish owned assets.

  8. @Talmidchochom
    FYI the use of the word “spade” is perceived as an ethnic slur against African Americans. In general the point you are making is stupid given that there is a picture and so adding skin color to the description is redundant. Specifically your choice of phrase is offensive too many and not what would be considered “noach im habriyos”

  9. Hardly gonna be able to ID from that shot. If you have a third of a million in sparkles sitting in your top drawer, get a good alarm, a good cctv system, a good safe, or maybe abisel of seichel – support a Kollel man for 10 years! You feel feel great in this world and next.

  10. How did he know which house to rob? He must have known something? It doesn’t seem like “luck”. Also $320,000!!!!!! That’s a house in a lot of places. What kind of jewelry is worth that much? The saying goes, the more you have the more you worry. I can’t even imagine $320,000. For some people that’s a few years salary..

  11. To all those making comments about the craziness of having $320,000 worth of jewelry at home, and how that money could be put to better use, who’s to say how much this woman gives to tzedaka? Maybe she donates millions a year? Why do you assume she’s a miser with a fortune of gold at home and no investments in olam haba? Can you not fargin a wealthy woman a bit of enjoyment? Again, do you know she doesn’t donate ten times that amount yearly to Torah and worthy causes? I’m a (financially) poor yungerman from a poor family, on a shoestring budget, and could use the extra bucks too, but why do you think you have a right to judge this woman??

  12. slow down commenters
    1. can u imagine the tzar of an old woman on being robbed and jewelry is sentimental and in those numbers
    2. my q is how did this shaygetz KNOW WHICH HOUSE TO ROB?
    3 talmid chochom 10k in jewlery is pretty typical in flatbush to be worn on shabbos ( maybe chol) u can take it out of chase and enjoy it as the saying goes ” A SHIP IN A HARBOR IS SAFE , but thats not what its made for

  13. Wow! So sad and sorry this happened to this lady! Must be even more painful due to her age!
    The other comments here are without insight or compassion.
    Do you know anyone in their 80’s that are alone? Maybe she took them out of a safebox to distribute. You don’t know her circumstances!
    Also many older people at that point keep their possession’s close to them.
    May you all live to a ripe old age with Sechel and Understanding!

  14. Obviously no one in their right mind will keep that at home. Regardless, she had the right to do so. No different than havingan expensive sport car stolen.

  15. I’m a trust and estates attorney.
    You would be amazed at the current market value of jewelry that has been in families for 80 or 100 years (I’m talking about families that have been in the US since the turn of the 20th century). Many of these family pieces have not been appraised or worn in ages. T that’;hey sit in the elderly’s drawers or jewelry box. Maybe the 83 year old owner thinks how much could these be worth, my father bought them for my mother in the 19teens?

    I recently handled an estate, where the widower (97 years old) instructed his grandson to dump a box of grandmother’s jewelry in the trash, saying that it was just costume, not worth anything. Grandson, inventoried and photographed it all. Turns out is was all real gold and stones. Current value in excess of $250K. It was used as evidence to get Probate court to appoint a conservator for the grandfather.

    Unless you insure jewelry as scheduled items, chances are you don’t know the value of what you bought decades ago.
    Don’t be so quick to pass judgment on an old woman

  16. She is of the generation that thinks of jewelry of being cash in hand should one need to leave, after all she is 89. Although I can understand that mindset it is incumbent that children should ensure their parents living spaces are secure. That means a hidden safe for valuables if your people insist on having them at hand and a good alarm system. It goes without saying that all staff, be they healthcare or housekeeping be thoroughly vetted and CBCs performed.