On the holiday that celebrates the end of the current cycle of public Torah readings, four sacred texts were stolen from a synagogue in Brooklyn, police said.
The theft occurred around 1 a.m.,Tuesday at the Avenue O Synagogue in Midwood. The suspect was seen in surveillance footage dressed in all black and wearing a yarmulke, according to Pix11. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.
The Torah scrolls were reportedly worth more than $240,000.
Councilman David G. Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for any information.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the NYPD Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Can you imagine the chutzpah? Burglar steals Torah scrolls on Simchas Torah holiday! I’m offering a reward for info: https://t.co/0ACzEWHiQ6
— David G. Greenfield (@NYCGreenfield) October 26, 2016
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS.