It’s A Mitzvah! NY1 Viewer Helps Police Recover Stolen Synagogue Items

| March 4, 2012

Devout NY1 viewer Janet Medina says it was a good thing she was watching the newschannel Tuesday morning when NY1 aired a story about religious artifacts stolen from a synagogue in Kew Gardens.

"I was like – 'Oh my God, I've seen those items," she recalled Friday.

Medina saw them last week when she was going though the inventory at the Gold Standard pawn shop in Forest Hills where she works. After seeing the story on NY1, Medina went to the store and called her boss.

"At that point I Googled the NY1 story and I saw it," explained Gold Standard operations director Scott Simon. "I pulled the items out of our inventory and checked them out against the pictures."

After recognizing some of the pieces, Simon immediately notified the police.

"One piece that was really clear that we had is called the Torah crown," he said. "It has a lot of detail work."

Armed with that information, investigators arrested Efram Sanders for stealing several items from Congregation Degel Israel between February 18th and the 25th. Sanders was charged with burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.–ny1-viewer-helps-police-recover-stolen-synagogue-items

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