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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bnei Brak - Man stealing 130 mezuzahs from apartments within 1 hour

                                                    The suspect in action

Police are looking to arrest and charge a man with theft after he was caught on surveillance video stealing more than one hundred mezuzahs from door posts in just one hour, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

The security surveillance video shows how a man, dressed with a helmet and sunglasses, stole mezuzahs from two residential apartment building in Bnei Brak.

Within one hour about 130 mezuzahs worth about 20 thousand shekels, were taken. Police launched an investigation into the incident.

Local residents said that the neighborhood is suffering from this criminal for some time.

"This man was arrested in the past after being accused of stealing from currency changers, but was never jailed," a resident of the neighborhood, who had three mezuzahs stolen from his door posts, said.

The value of each mezuzah is estimated at 150 shekels. The total value of the 130 mezuzah is close to 20,000 shekels.

"He probably sold them to finance his criminal activity," another resident said.

While police officers continue to search for the suspect some fear that his family sent him to the United States, in order to avoid prosecution.

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