At about 1:15 in the afternoon, Shomrim received a call from a shopper at Hamefitz Judaica saying her pocketbook had suddenly disappeared.
Inside were credit cards, cash, her driver’s license, phone etc.
Shomrim called her phone number and someone picked up on the other end, but he could only speak in Spanish.
A member of Shomrim who speaks Spanish was called to the scene, and the man was contacted once more. He said he found her phone, cash and driver’s license in a garbage bin near his home in East Flatbush.
A couple of volunteers went to the address he gave and retrieved the items. However, the pocketbook with the credit cards inside was still missing.
The Hispanic fellow directed the Shomrim volunteers to the garbage bin where he had found the stolen items. Inside they found another (empty) wallet, a bottle of Farbrengen wine, and what appeared to be kosher food from a Simcha.
The volunteers continued to search the area, and about two blocks away they spotted the pocketbook on top of another garbage bin. The credit cards were all inside.
They thanked the Hispanic man for all his help and returned the pocketbook with all the missing items to the grateful owner.
A Shomrim spokesman told CrownHeights.info that the manager of Hamefitz will soon allow them to inspect the store’s security cameras, so they can try to figure out who stole the pocketbook and why he left the stolen items in two garbage bins.