Las Vegas police just lately launched video of the person suspected of stealing a treasured spiritual artifact from a conference room at The Venetian. It’s a Jewish Torah scroll which incorporates the handwritten textual content of the 5 books of the Hebrew Bible.
Police have no idea the suspect’s title. However they launched his description on Friday.
He’s a white man between 25 and 35 years previous, peak between 5-11 and 6-2.
He was final seen sporting a black hat, inexperienced shirt and darkish pants, in response to a press release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division (LVMPD).
A surveillance video reveals the suspect strolling in The Venetian pulling a suitcase on wheels.
The thief already tried to promote the scroll, the proprietor revealed in an interview with the Jewish Week, a New York-based publication.
“The Torah had been used within the conference room since June 8 and had remained in that location till it was taken by an unknown particular person on June 12,” the LVMPD stated in a press release.
The Torah was stolen throughout the JCK Las Vegas commerce present. It’s North America’s largest yearly jewellery commerce occasion.
The proprietor of the Torah, Jack Abraham, a New York Metropolis jeweler, stated he has been going to the present for 25 years.
Used at Jewellery Exhibits
I arrange Shabbat providers there. Yearly I take my Torah,” Abraham informed the Jewish Week. “I left it there, it was within the room [where services were held], I used to be informed it was secured, and any individual took it.”
The LVMPD launched an investigation into the theft. Officers have “a superb lead,” Abraham stated.
Abraham already supplied a $10,000 reward for the return of the Torah, the report stated. He has taken the Torah to jewellery reveals which have taken place within the US and elsewhere, comparable to Israel and Moscow.
Final 12 months, it was learn throughout Sabbath providers. Some 400 worshippers have been current.
Significant for Household
As well as, it has nice significance for him and his household. The Torah was learn at household occasions. In it, his youngsters’s names and people of their spouses are written.
It has an amazing quantity of which means for the household and all these those that rely on it from all these years,” Abraham stated. “You’re feeling the spirit of Shabbat wherever we’ve got the present due to this Torah.”
Abraham speculates the thief views the artifact as one thing he can promote. The holiness means nothing.
“Let’s hope the man that took it brings it in earlier than we go after him,” Abraham stated.
Abraham is president of Congregation Anshei Shalom, an Afghan synagogue and neighborhood heart in Jamaica Estates, Queens, N.Y. His household is initially from Afghanistan.