What a schmuck! Thief loots coats at Midwood shul

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Cops are searching for the sacrilegious sneak who stole phones and religious items from an Avenue L shul on March 3.

The punk rode up to Congregation Veretzky, between E. Eighth and E. Ninth streets, on a mountain bike between 11:15 am and 12:30 pm, and started rummaging through coats hanging on the racks inside the place of worship, police said. The Avenue L synagogue is commonly known as Landau’s, according to the Jewish website Hamodia.

The thief, wearing a red hat and sunglasses, swiped three cell phones, an iPod, and five religious items from the coat pockets — police couldn’t elaborate on what types of religious articles the crook stole.

The suspect, who is about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, fled on his bike, according to authorities.

Another guy stole four hand-written Torah scrolls worth a quarter-million dollars from Avenue O Synagogue, just about a 10-minute walk from Congregation Veretzky, on Oct. 25, 2016. The scrolls were later mysteriously returned a week later in the middle of the night.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 12:23 am, March 10, 2017
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