A Queens Jewish Center is in shock after several Sifrei Torah and silver items were apparently stolen.
According to 1010WINS, someone broke into the center and stole eight of the nine Torah’s and the silver crowns and pointers, the NYPD said.
The thief gained access to the keys that open the gate to the Aron Kodesh and were able to disarm the alarm, police said.
“I can’t imagine anyone willing to buy these stolen Torah’s. If they read the words that are contained in these books, they’ll know that’s a terrible thing they’ve done,” Bernie Newman, Honorary President of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills said.
The center is asking that whoever took the items to just do the right thing and bring the items back.
“Just return the items, that’s all we want,” Alan Gerard of the Jewish Center said. “Just return the items, I don’t care who you are or where you go, just return the items.”
The items are reportedly worth about $500,000.