NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As a result of media attention and tips from the public, police made an arrest Tuesday in the case of a recent robbery inside a Queens synagogue.

Initially, officials said that three silver Torah crowns, two silver Torah mini-crowns, three silver Torah breastplates, four silver Torah pointers and one silver cup were taken from the Congregation Rachel Degel Israel in Kew Gardens.

The incident happened sometime between 5 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the synagogue, located at 144-02 68 Drive.

However, police have since arrested 28-year-old Efram Sanders of 140-12 69 Road in Queens, charging him with burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

All of the above property was recovered with the exception of two silver Torah pointers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.


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