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‘Historic’ theft as burglar robs Museum at Eldridge Street

Police said a burglar recently broke into the Museum at Eldridge Street and made off with $400 worth of electronic equipment.

On Sat., Jan. 25, around 12:30 p.m., a 62-year-old custodian returned to work at the synagogue, at 12 Eldridge St., when he discovered property missing and called police, according to a report.

A subsequent investigation determined that the previous day, around 10:45 p.m., an unidentified male was caught on surveillance footage entering the location though a secured side window. Once inside, he grabbed electronics, then fled on foot to parts unknown.

The alleged burglar who stole electronic equipment from the Museum at Eldridge Street. The photo was taken inside the synagogue. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

The individual is described as 25 to 35 years old, last seen wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @ NYPDTips.All tips are strictly confidential.

Opened in 1887, the synagogue was the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

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