CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] — On Wednesday morning Shomrim received a call alerting them to a man who had stolen a sack of onions from Hadar Hatorah on Eastern Parkway. A confrontation on Kingston led to the discovery of a stolen pair of Tefillin and an assault earlier that morning. The man was hospitalized in a mental care unit.
Shomrim’s hotline rang at around 8:30am on Wednesday asking for assistance with the removal of a man from the premises of Hadar Hatorah, but as he was leaving he grabbed a sack of onions and left. A half dozen Shomrim volunteers followed him down Kingston, when a Bochur alerted them that he had stolen his Tefillin from 770 a half hour earlier.
The man stopped in front of Weinstein’s Hardware, sat down at a display table and refused to move.
It was clear to the responders that the man was not well, so police and EMS were called. While they waited another man came forward and told Shomrim that the man had assaulted him earlier.
After recovering the stolen property and returning them to their owners, police and EMS determined him to be emotionally disturbed and took him to the psychiatric ward at Kings County Hospital for his own safety.
Shomrim and Police thanked each other for their sensitivity and professionalism in handling the incident.