Police in Brooklyn said they have arrested a man who stole a three-foot antique menorah, valued at approximately $10,000, along with other religious items, from the home of a prominent rabbi.
The man reportedly burglarized the home of Rabbi Yehezkel Zion, of the Congregation Beth Torah, not once, but twice, and may be responsible for a dozen other burglaries in the area.
Denis Ildatov, 25, who was arrested in Midwood on Monday, reportedly called officers “scumbags” as he was being escorted to the police vehicle, CBS news reported.
Last week, the suspect was seen dressed as a religious Jew, wearing a kippah, when a surveillance video captured his alleged actions.
The menorah was reportedly given to the rabbi by a member of his congregation, to whom he provided guidance for nearly 20 years.
“When he gave me the menorah, he told me that I [enlightened] his life that’s why he gave me a gift of light. And what this guy did is basically darkness — to come into a person’s home, walking around for 10-12 minutes, come again after one hour, try to steal more. My daughter doesn’t want to [be] downstairs by herself now — she afraid,” Zion told CBS news.
Zion said he feels sorry that the suspect hit such a low point in his life and was driven to steal.