[UPDATE] Car thief steals rabbi’s ride — and $30,000 torah left inside

Posted at 8:38 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 20:42:57-05

It’s one of the holiest books in the Jewish religion.  Tonight, police are searching for a $30,000 torah that has gone missing from the Kensington section of Brooklyn.

Police say the torah went missing over the weekend along with the car it was in.  A thief made off with a 2007 Toyota Corolla parked outside the Congregation Agudath Shalom in Flatbush.   The script was in the trunk.

“My father went to look for his keys but they were gone,” said the victim’s daughter under the condition anonymity.

She says her father left his keys and wallet inside the synagogue on Friday, when the Shabbat began.  Once pray services ended after sundown on Saturday the victim went to retrieve his belongings from a hiding spot and they were gone.

“He became very nervous because this is a valuable thing.  Very important, holy and expensive,” said his daughter.

According to the family, the victim is a scribe and re-writes torahs.  The torah that was stolen during the heist was set to be returned to its owner in Queens.

Police say the victims also lost other personal items, including some credit cards and articles of clothing.

“This isn’t the first time this synagogue has been the target of thieves,” said Acting President Walter Rosenblatt.

[UPDATE]  The torah has been recovered unharmed after police found the car abandoned close to where it was taken.  Tune in to the PIX11 News @ 10 for a full update.