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Deerfield Beach, FL - Man Broke Into Synagogue Dressed Up in the Rabbi’s Clothes and Stole Booze

Published on: February 12, 2010 03:56 PM
By:  CBS 12
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Deerfield Beach, FL - Police are searching for a man who broke into a Deerfield Beach synagogue, wandered around inside for two hours, ransacked offices, stacked computers and silverware to steal and tried on the rabbi’s clothes—finally leaving with a couple of bottles of booze.

Detectives are hoping someone recognizes the gangly, shirtless burglar whose protracted escapade was captured on surveillance video. He can be seen on the video with a table cloth on his head walking leisurely through the kitchen, grabbing a hand cart and stacking trays of silverware. He ransacked two offices, rummaged through drawers and ripped computer equipment out of the wall. For a moment on the video, is seen wearing a jacket from the rabbi’s office.

Later in the video, the cloth falls and his face becomes visible. When he noticed the surveillance cameras, he ripped them from the walls. He left the computers and silverware behind and left with  little more than a few bottles of liquor and some non-alcoholic beverages.


Anyone with information about the burglary or the identity of the suspect can report it to BSO Detective Lesley Washecka at 954-480-4294 or report it anonymously Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 04:01 PM Shiker is (not) the Iker Says:

Is this a drunk yeshivah guy, starting early? Happy Purim


 Feb 12, 2010 at 04:24 PM Anonymous Says:

maybe he took to drink on purim


 Feb 12, 2010 at 06:18 PM mitzvaman Says:

check the mezuza...mezuza's prevent theft and theives (but they do bring schnoorers).


 Feb 13, 2010 at 07:36 PM reb Yosef Says:

Reply to #3  
mitzvaman Says:

check the mezuza...mezuza's prevent theft and theives (but they do bring schnoorers).

I think you should get the $1000 reward for your idea


 Feb 13, 2010 at 11:02 PM Purim Rebbe Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

maybe he took to drink on purim

Him dressing up as a Rabbi is certainly Purim'dig. People will give him a nice amount of booze on Purim.


 Feb 13, 2010 at 11:29 PM professor Says:

My parents live in Deerfield Beach and are unaware of this incident.Does anyone know which shul this took place in. Was it by the Lubavitch minyan that shares a building with the Conservative?


 Feb 14, 2010 at 12:05 AM Anonymous Says:

looks like an inside job - too professional - he knows what he is looking for and where to find it. he is too handy. probably part of the catering staff, or maybe a relative of the cleaning service, etc. stupid not to see there was cameras there from the begining. that is why he hid his face.


 Feb 14, 2010 at 06:36 AM ApeMan Says:

Why does the shul not have an alarm system? The shul is partially liable as it did not protect itself adequately.. This bum had all the time in the world. I am surprised he did not turn on the oven and stove and make himself a meal while gathering his stuff!


 Feb 14, 2010 at 09:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Re; to # 3 Where, do you fit in here ?


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