Stolen Torah scrolls returned

| May 2, 2010

Five sacred Torah scrolls stolen from a Brooklyn synagogue were turned over to prosecutors late last night, The Post has learned.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office negotiated a deal with a "go between from the community who wanted to do a mitzvah," a source said, using the Hebrew word for "good deed."

The man told investigators that he was friends with a person who knew the robber believed to have snatched the precious scrollsvalued at more than $30,000 each from the Karlsburg Synagogue on 53rd St. between 15th and 16th avenues Borough Park on April 28.

"I am very pleased that I was able to facilitate the return of these sacred Torahs to the synagogue and the members of its congregation," said Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes in a statement.

The scrolls were given to detectives before the rabbi of the Satmar synagogue picked them up from the DAs office, a spokesman added.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) said the return of the holy texts was a huge relief not just to the Karlsburg congregation, but the entire Orthodox community.

"Amazing beyond any words, he said. Today is also a holiday, Lag B'Omer, a very special time in the Jewish calendar and for this to happen on this holiday, which started last night is quite amazing. We don't have all the facts and all the details, but at this point, I don't even care. I'm thrilled that these Torahs will be back in the community. It's lifting the burden off the entire community.

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