QUEENS, NY – Police are seeking a man who has nabbed more than $300 from a Kew Gardens Hills synagogue. The serial thief snatched cash on three separate nights in June and September from the Khal Degel Israel Synagogue Community Center at 144-02 68th Drive, the NYPD said.
The suspect got in through an unlocked front door each time, police said. He most recently struck at 11 p.m. on Sept. 21, when he went into the kitchen, took just $20 and fled, the NYPD said.
The first two robberies came about three months before but followed a similar pattern, police said.
Surveillance video of the thief was captured at the synagogue, police said. He’s described as 25-to-30-year-old Hispanic man with brown eyes and short black hair, standing about 5-foot-6 and weighing 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing black jeans, white sneakers and a black long-sleeve shirt, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident can call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-8477 or 1-888-577-4782 to leave a tip in Spanish. New Yorkers can also text tips to 274637 or submit them online at nypdcrimestoppers.com.