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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NYPD: Queens Shul Burglarized – Silver Torah Ornaments Stolen

Ritual objects of the kind that were taken sometime within the past week from the Congregation Ahavath Shalom synagogue in Forest Hills, Queens

RELIGIOUS ARTIFACTS were swiped from a Queens synagogue sometime in the past week, and the thief is still on the lam, cops said.

The four objects — including a silver pointer, Torah breast plate, silver-coated plate and a ritual wine cup — were discovered missing Monday from the Congregation Ahavath Shalom Synagogue on 113th St. in Forest Hills, according to officials.

There were no signs of forced entry, police said.

There was a similar theft in February at another synagogue — Congregation Ohel Rachel Degel Israel Synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills — less than 2 miles away.

Efram Sanders, 28, was arrested for stealing 13 religious items from the house of worship. He was caught after trying to sell the items at a local pawn shop and has been out on bail since March, records show.

Anyone with information in regards to this burglary is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.
By Sarah Armaghan / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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