Sunday, February 6, 2011

Four Israelis Nabbed for Theft, Sale of Judaica; Smuggled Judaica to Israel for Sale to Collectors

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency website reports today that police in Israel arrested four Israelis suspected of stealing precious Judaica from the main synagogue in Milan, Italy.

The suspects -- who were arrested on February 5, 2011 as part of an international operation -- are accused of smuggling the Judaica to Israel for sale to collectors.

All the stolen objects -- silver Torah crowns, rummonim, finials, 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 from other European synagogues.

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