stolen torahs 311.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
Four Tel Aviv residents in their 20s were arrested by police on Sunday on
suspicion of stealing Judaica from a Milan synagogue worth over a million
Detectives from the Yarkon Police station, who seized the stolen
items during raids, said the suspects were trying to sell them here.
Two arrested for allegedly stealing 30 Torah scrolls
the stolen objects – silver Torah crowns, rimmonim and other silver and gold
objects worth more than $700,000 – were recovered.
Police said the four
suspects – two thieves and two who received the goods in Israel – belonged to a
gang that had carried out similar thefts in other European
The theft was discovered on Friday morning when Rabbi David
Schunnach opened the ark that houses the Torah scrolls to prepare for
According to Italian reports, the synagogue’s security camera
showed two thieves taking the items from the ark earlier in the
They apparently had gained access to the synagogue by posing as
Schunnach alerted Judaica dealers in Israel and
elsewhere. According to Israeli reports, one dealer contacted authorities
after recognizing the items when he was shown them for appraisal.
next few days we will know the details of what took place,” Milan Jewish
community President Roberto Jarach said. “I want to underscore the fundamental
importance of the immediate action taken by Rabbi Schunnach to alert his network
of contacts in the world of Judaica collectors, the efficiency of the
Carabinieri and, through Interpol, the effective action of the Israel forces of
Italy’s Carabinieri military police has a special section devoted
to art theft.