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Orthodox Jewish men attacked in possible Kew Garden Hills bias crimes

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

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Two Orthodox Jewish men have been attacked in the past two weeks in Kew Gardens Hills in incidents being investigated by police as possible bias crimes.

Cops say the first incident was a 28-year-old man hit in the back with BB gun pellets on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:55 p.m. The victim had been walking home from a local synagogue when he was hit on 75th Avenue between 150th and 147th streets. He did not have any serious injuries.

The second victim was a 25-year-old Orthodox Jewish man hit by a BB gun on his left leg on Friday, Sept. 18, according to police. He was on the corner of 73rd Ave. and 150th Street. The man had been walking to a synagogue at 10:27 a.m. at the time of the incident; he also was not seriously injured.

Both incidents took place during the Sabbath, and are still under investigation.

Councilman Rory Lancman said that his office is in contact with the Police Department to ensure that security concerns are addressed, particularly during upcoming religious holidays.

“I was deeply disturbed to learn that two Jewish victims were hit by BB guns in Kew Gardens Hills,” Lancman said. “The NYPD is appropriately investigating these incidents as potential anti-Semitic hate crimes.”

Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz said he was confident that all perpetrators will be brought to justice and that the recent string of crimes will end.

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the recent incident that betrays an unfortunate prejudice alive in our neighborhood,” Simanowitz said. “We live in a community that should celebrate and be proud of our diversity. Acts of bigotry will not be tolerated or go unpunished.”

Anyone with information regarding the attacks is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Cops bust deli burglars trying to hide on roof

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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The NYPD apprehended five burglary suspects during a Kew Garden Hills deli heist, who almost got away with thousands in cash.

Police, responding to a report of a burglary at JK Deli, at the corner of 71st Avenue and Kissena Boulevard, about 3 a.m. Friday, noticed the ceiling of the deli and a damaged ATM machine, the NYPD said.

One of the officers immediately went up to the roof of the deli through a hole in the ceiling, while he called for backup from the Emergency Service Unit to secure the perimeter of the store, police said.

Once on the roof, the officer saw four men trying to hide on one of the roof’s side walls, the NYPD said.

The suspects then ran in separate directions. One suspect was apprehended in an elevator of an adjoining building, police said. Two suspects were apprehended by the Emergency Service Unit from trees adjacent to the building, and the fourth suspect was apprehended by the officer after a brief struggle.

No officers or suspects were injured.

A fifth man involved in the burglary who was waiting in a nearby parked vehicle was also arrested, police said.

Following the arrests, officers recovered over $12,000 in cash the suspects allegedly removed from the ATM, 3,518 lottery scratch-off tickets, 162 packs of cigarettes and 49 boxes of cigars, cops said. They also recovered hammers, a pry bar, drill, flashlight and a propane torch in connection to the burglary.

Robert Martin, 27, Jose Rosario, 25, Christopher Aulet, 21, Sean Martin, 19, and an unidentified 15-year-old suspect have all been charged with third-degree burglary and possession of burglar’s tools, the NYPD said. Sean Martin has also been charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information in regards to similar incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.



Bandit thieves expensive relics from Queens synagogue

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Young Israel of Queens Valley

Thousands of dollars worth of relics were taken from a Queens synagogue while worshipers prayed upstairs.

The valuable Torah crowns were taken from Young Israel of Queens Valley last week during the temple’s evening services.

“This has never happened in the 50 years of the synagogue,” the synagogue’s executive director George Srolovits told the Daily News.

At first, officials believed the items were taken by someone to be polished.

The yarmulke-wearing thief was captured on surveillance entering the Kew Garden Hill synagogue and picking up a prayer book, before heading toward the unlocked ark in the basement.  He is later seen on film walking out with a plastic bag allegedly holding the crowns.

The relics are said to be worth $650 each.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800)-577-TIPS.