NEW YORK (AP) Eight stolen scrolls of Hebrew Scriptures have been returned to a New York City synagogue in time for the Rosh Hashana holiday. The Torahs are valued at around $500,000. They were taken in August from the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens. A maintenance worker and a suspected accomplice were charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
On Tuesday, the Torahs were returned to the synagogue in a ceremony at the New York Police Department headquarters. The detectives on the case were given awards by the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Each Torah is a scroll of parchment containing the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. The Jewish New Year begins at sundown on Monday, Sept. 29.