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Jewish Man Charged with Stealing Religious Items from Three Queens Shuls

QUEENS — A Kew Gardens man was charged Wednesday with looting more than $3,000 worth of religious items from three Queens synagoues over the summer, authorities said.

Roman Iskhakov, 26, stole items ranging from silver Torah crowns and wine glasses to cash in the burglaries and then sold the items to pawn shops, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“The defendant is accused of being a one-man crime wave and brazenly breaking into houses of worship and stealing precious religious items,” Brown said in a statement.

According to Brown’s office, on the morning of June 18, Iskhakov broke into Congregation Ahavath Sholom at 75-02 113th St. and stole torah breast plates, a silver pointer, a wine cup and a silver-coated plate, among other items.

Surveillance footage captured the alleged thief in the act at Young Israel Queens Valley Synagogue on Aug. 16, 2012.

Then, on the morning of Aug. 14, Iskhakov broke into Beth Gavriel Center for Bukharian Jews at 66-35 108th St. and placed a silver plate and a silver pointer in his pocket before looting the charity box of about $200, Brown’s office said.

Finally, about 8 p.m. on Aug. 16, Iskhakov broke into Young Israel of Queens Valley Synagogue and stole two silver Torah crowns, Brown said.

Iskhakov was charged with burglary, larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, the DA said.

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Source: DNA Info
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2 Responses to Jewish Man Charged with Stealing Religious Items from Three Queens Shuls

  1. Its The economy stupid

    August 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

    people are without jobs, without food for money and it is starting to look ike in the 60s

    Obama set this country back 40 years, like it or not and the Jewish vote is responsible in a big part.

    We have never learned from our mistakes, we are always worried in the Blacks will like us, the Germans will like us and the Muslims should like us

    THEY WILL NEVER LIKE US AND THEY WILL ALWAYS TRY TO KILL US. Get that into your peewee brains and start thinking straight

  2. Yoily

    August 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Oich Mer a Yid