A Torah worth an estimated $30,000 is missing after the car it was stashed in was stolen outside a Brooklyn synagogue Saturday night. According to the NYPD, which sent out a media alert with helpful photos of a similar Torah, it was inside a 2007 Toyota Corolla parked opposite a synagogue located at 3714 18 Avenue when someone stole the vehicle around 6 p.m.
The victim works at the synagogue, and police tell DNAinfo the suspect stole the victim's wallet and keys from inside the house of worship, then took off with the car and the enormous scripture. It's unclear how much you can get for a Torah on the black market these days, but its stated value of $30,000 is about three times more than the car in which it was kept. (On eBay you can score a "COMPLETE TORAH BIBLE SCROLL HAND WRITTEN ON PARCHMENT JUDAICA" for $4,000.)
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.