Oct. 3, 2019 By Allie Griffin
The NYPD is looking for a group of teenagers who ransacked a synagogue in Williamsburg during the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
On Monday, Sept 30 just before 5:30 p.m., at least five teens approached the synagogue at 89 Throop Ave. and began kicking the door and throwing milk crates and other objects at the windows before fleeing. They then returned moments later and threw the milk crate and a metal object at the windows, breaking them, according to police and surveillance video.
The children are wanted on criminal mischief charges and the incident has grabbed the attention of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force who tweeted the video, asking the public to call in with any information. Governor Andrew Cuomo also said he has directed the state’s Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer assistance to the NYPD in its investigation.
“I am disgusted and enraged by yet another anti-Semitic act of vandalism, the desecration of a synagogue in Williamsburg over Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “It is simply unconscionable.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted about the incident, calling it “a shocking act of hate.”
“We WILL find the perpetrators and hold them responsible,” de Blasio added. “Officers are protecting religious institutions during High Holy Days, and we’ll keep our Jewish community safe.”
Cuomo said state police will also be on hand are increasing their patrols around houses of worship during the Jewish holidays, as the attack on the synagogue underscores such need.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM. All calls are strictly confidential.