Suspects nabbed in theft of Judaica from Milan synagogue

| February 6, 2011

(JTA) — Police in Israel arrested four Israelis suspected of stealing precious Judaica from the main synagogue in Milan, Italy.

The suspects, who were arrested Feb. 5 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, rimmonim or 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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