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Synagogue robber nabbed

| tcimino@queenscourier.com

A thief that recently robbed a Queens synagogue  of more than a dozen religious relics has been caught, police said.

The incident occurred at Congregation Rachel Degel Israel sometime between February 18 and February 25, cops said, when three silver Torah crowns, two silver Torah mini-crowns, three silver Torah breastplates, four silver Torah points and one silver cup were removed from the site.

As a result of media attention, police received information which led to an arrest and the recovery of all the items with the exception of two silver Torah Pointers.

Efram Sanders, 28, is charged with burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Religious relics stolen from Queens synagogue

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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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.