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  1/16/2013, Shevat 5, 5773

Hotel Security Guard Arrested for Vandalizing Yeshiva's Torah

A hotel security guard was arrested in Tennessee for vandalizing a Torah scroll and other property belonging to the Margolin Hebrew Academy of Memphis.

Justin Shawn Baker, 24, an armed guard working for the Maxxguard security firm, was charged with vandalism between $60 and $250,000, which is a Class B felony, after police found  that several Jewish books, musical instruments, electronics and a Torah scroll, as well as several religious venerated items, had been “marked on, torn or otherwise damaged or defiled,” said a police department press release.