A Brooklyn man seeking help gets robbed instead.
On Friday Sept. 30, a 25-year-old man from Crown Heights trying to get home before Shabbos started, left his bag with Tefillin on the bench in the DeKalb Avenue Station and went to look for a police officer that could hide it for him untill after Shabbos.
However, things took a turn for the worse. The man exited the subway station to go search for a police officer. When he couldn’t find one, he returned to the station, and saw two men taking off with his bag, police said.
The man ran to the Southbound platform and saw two men emptying the contents of the bag into their own bag aboard a Q train, police said. The police noted that the man tried to hold the train’s door open, but the suspects got off the train and fled. The Tefillin is valued at $2,000 dollars and other items in his bag included a $300 phone and $5 dollars cash, police said.
The story was first reported by DNA Info.
The Brooklyn transit squad is investigating the incident and have recovered the surveillance video that shows the two men stealing the Tefillin, a NYPD official told JP. The detectives are very confident that they will make an arrest in this case and are working on releasing the surveillance video to the public, the official said.