Torahs found; Synagogue employee arrested

September 4, 2008 3:28:34 PM PDT
Eight scrolls of Hebrew Scriptures taken from a New York City synagogue have been found, and a synagogue employee was arrested on charges of stealing them.The Torahs are valued at around $500,000. They were taken in August from the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens.

Rabbis discovered them missing before a service.

Many of the congregants are Holocaust survivors, and the Torahs had been dedicated to their families.

On Thursday, police arrested a maintenance worker and an alleged accomplice on charges of criminal possession of stolen property.

Each Torah is a scroll of parchment containing the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures.

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