Two men were arrested Thursday morning and face charges of stealing eight Sifrei Torah from a Queens synagogue. According to members of the synagogue, one of the men is a janitor there.
Eric Giraldo, 23, has worked in maintenance at the Jewish Center of Kew Garden Hills for the past three years. Mr. Giraldo and Alan Lozano, 28, both Queens residents, were arraigned yesterday and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, police said.
On August 16, eight Sifrei Torahs were taken from the synagogue (reported HERE on YWN), with no sign of forced entry, leading police and community members to suspect that an insider had taken them.
Ms. Bagley said a number of people from the temple were questioned, and that Mr. Giraldo was taken into questioning earlier this week.
(Source: WCBSTV / NY Sun)