Stolen Torah Worth $30K Found Safe

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 10:52 AM EDT
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Stolen Torah Worth $30K Found Safe

Police say the stolen Torah looked similar to this one.

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A Torah worth $30,000 that was inside a car stolen from outside a Brooklyn synagogue Saturday evening was found safe Monday.

Police say the Torah was found inside the stolen car on Avenue I and East 10th Street in Flatbush.

"The safety and sanctity of a Torah scroll means a great deal to our community," said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the area.

The Torah was first reported missing over the weekend. The man who was driving the car that had the Torah in it told police he parked the car on the street Friday afternoon and put his keys and wallet in a closet in the synagogue, a law enforcement official told NBC 4 New York.

When the man returned to the temple the next day to retrieve his keys and wallet, he told police the items weren't there, the law enforcement official said. Then he went to check on the car, which he doesn't own, and realized that was gone, too. 

Police have not released information on arrests connected to the case.

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