Hate crime charges for Jewish man accused of graffiti, burglary spree at Brooklyn synagogues

A Jewish Brooklyn man faces hate crime charges for allegedly scrawling messages on four synagogues, and burglarizing one of them, during an hour-long crime spree.

Emil Benjamin, 39, was charged Thursday with burglary and criminal mischief as a hate crime in connection with the early Saturday spree.

Benjamin told the Daily News in 2011, after he was stabbed on a Brooklyn subway platform, that he’s a Kavkazi Jew. Five years later, he was accused of stealing four Torah scrolls worth more than $200,000 from another synagogue in Midwood.

Video from the Young Israel of Midwood shows a man walking up to the front of the synagogue and scrawling something on the wall with two markers. A Jewish Brooklyn man faces hate crime charges for allegedly scrawling messages on four synagogues, and burglarizing one of them, during an […]

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