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Repeat Burglar Steals $1,500 in Cash, Office Supplies From Williamsburg Houses of Worship: NYPD

The burglar targeting three synagogues and one church in February and March. (NYPD)

April 15, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

Police are searching for a man wanted for a breaking into houses of worship in the South Williamsburg area earlier this year and stealing cash and valuables. 

The series of burglaries began on Feb. 9, around 2:30 a.m., when the suspect broke into Khal Adas Yereim Vien, a synagogue located at 27 Lee Ave., through an unsecured front door. Once inside, he stole $250 in cash from a donation box and then fled the scene, police said.

At 4 p.m. later that same day, he entered Transfiguration Church located at 240 Hooper St. through a rear window and stole $250 worth of office supplies.

More than a month later, on March 12, at 2:50 p.m., the suspect broke into Bnei Mordechai Cleveland, an orthodox synagogue located at 469 Bedford Ave., and stole approximately $600 in cash and office supplies before fleeing the scene. Five hours later, he hit another synagogue, Kahal Raatzfert, located at 171 South 9th St., and stole $400 in office supplies.

The suspect is described as Hispanic and approximately 30 to 40 years of age. He was last seen wearing a black cap, black jacket, grey hooded shirt, blue jeans and tan shoes.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

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