Religious relics stolen from Queens synagogue

| |

233-12 107 PCT BURGLARY

Police are seeking suspects they say stole more than a dozen religious relics from a Queens synagogue.

The robbery occurred at Congregation Rachel Degel Israel sometime between Saturday, February 18 and Saturday, February 25, officials said.

The items removed were 3 silver Torah crowns, 2 silver Torah mini-crowns, 3 silver Torah breastplates, 4 silver Torah points and a silver cup.

Assemblymember Rory Lancman recently introduced legislation that would increase penalties for those convicted of stealing sacred items from houses of worship from four to seven years in prison.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.