BROOKLYN, N.Y. - News of a stolen sefer Torah had made it to the wire services early Monday afternoon, with Assemblyman Dov Hikind offering a reward of $30,000 for its safe return.
The sefer Torah was inside a car reported stolen Motzoei Shabbos in Brooklyn from outside Congregation Agudath Shalom of Flatbush, at the corner of 18th and Coney Island Avenues, in Kensington. Police described the car as a gray 2007 Toyota Corolla.
Later Monday afternoon, someone called an anonymous phone tip in to Misaskim’s 24-hour hotline, giving the car’s location as East 10th Street between Avenue I and the dead end. Misaskim staffmembers went over and, indeed, the car was there.
They opened the trunk and found that the sefer Torah was there unharmed, a source at the organization told Hamodia.
After making the positive identification, Misaskim called the NYPD.
“Baruch Hashem, it came to a happy conclusion,” Yanky Meyer, Executive Director of Misaskim, told Hamodia. “The sefer Torah is going to be returned to its rightful owner. Thank G-d it was nothing worse than that.”
As we went to press, the New York City Police Department had not been updated as to the discovery and was unable to confirm it.