Nine torah scrolls with an estimated value of of $223,000 were stolen from a Brooklyn synagogue on Sunday morning. According to the NYPD, three burglars—two men and one woman—snuck into the Maase Rokach Congregation on 12th Avenue and 55th Street sometime between 3:11 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. They forced their way into the basement library, where they got their hands on nine valuable "religious books," an NYPD spokesman said.

One police source tells the NY Times the burglary "was first spotted by a person associated with the synagogue who noticed significant damage to the basement door and saw that several books were missing from a book cabinet." The suspects are believed to have fled the scene in a white four door SUV. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

There seems to be some sort of black market for sacred scrolls of this kind. Last year several torah scrolls worth over $200,000 were stolen from a Midwood synagogue, and later mysteriously returned. (The suspect in that caper was subsequently arrested.) Three years before that, Gothamist spotted an opportunity to reference the classic 20th Century Fox motion picture Dude, Where's My Car in a headline about stolen torahs, and took it.