Synagogue burglar draped in Jewish prayer shawl steals $2,000

April 29, 2019 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Cops are looking for the man they say stole $2,000 from a Bensonhurst synagogue while draped in a Jewish prayer shawl known as a tallit.

According to police, the man broke into the Yeshiva Ohel Torah Synagogue near 63rd Street and 17th Avenue through a side window and swiped the cash from the place of worship before fleeing the scene.

It is unknown whether or not the crook also fled with the tallit, cops said Monday.

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The suspect is said to be a Hispanic man with a medium complexion, stocky build and short black hair. He is approximately 5’7” tall and weighs about 190 pounds, according to authorities. He was last seen wearing a dark colored short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and blue sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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