Brooklyn, NY - 'Talis Ataras' Being Targeted by Flatbush Thieves
Brooklyn, NY - Flatbush Shomrim has issued a community wide alert following a recent rash of burglaries at a handful of local Shuls, with thieves making off with close to ten silver ataras.
With the price of silver hovering above $28 per ounce, silver ataras have risen considerably in value. An atara is generally made up of four or more rows of silver, with each row valued at approximately seventy dollars.
â€śEspecially in this economy, people are very desperate to make ends meet,â€ť Chaim Deutsch, founder of Flatbush Shomrim told VIN News. â€śThe culprit may not be someone who looks like a criminal and it could even be someone who is familiar with the Shul.â€ť
To date all the thefts have taken place within a two mile radius and there have been no signs of illegeal entry at any of the Shuls which are located in Brooklynâ€™s 63rd, 66th and 70th police precincts. It is unknown if the ataras are being sold as is or being melted down and sold for scrap value. In some cases entire taleisim have been stolen, while in others just the ataras have been taken.
Shomrim are considering the possibility that the culprit has hidden in a restroom, a closet or some other unnoticed area so that they can have free reign of the Shul after it is locked up for the night. They are asking people to please check any potential hiding places before they close up the Shul and for safety reasons are recommending that at least two people take responsibility for locking up the facility.
â€śWe are asking everyone to be extremely vigilant and to report any suspicious activity,â€ť said Deutsch. â€śWe also recommend video surveillance cameras, both inside and outside Shuls.â€ť
Flatbush Shomrim is currently in possession of three taleisim without ataras that were dropped off at a Brooklyn Shul and is requesting that anyone whose tallis was stolen contact them at their non-emergency number 718-338-9453 in the hopes that they can identify their tallis.
Anyone with any information regarding these thefts is asked to call Shomrim at 718-338-9453. For any crimes in progress please call Shomrimâ€™s emergency number, 718-338-9797
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