Over the last few years, Congregation B’nai Avarham on Remsen Street has been the victim of several break-ins all reportedly committed by the same person. Today the NY Daily News covers the story:
NY Daily News: “I feel you have to separate the person from the act,” said Rabbi Aaron Raskin. “If he’s a thief, don’t let him in. But what, you don’t feed him? He should die? No.
“It’s a hard message and I have many congregants who disagree with me, but I do not think you should not help the person.”
Suspect Davis Duvallya, 43, most recently tried to break into the Remsen St. synagogue on Thursday at 3:30 a.m., but a cleaner scared him off, according to Raskin and police.
Duvallya was already wanted for failing to appear in court July 28, when he was to be sentenced for burglarizing the temple on March 3 and taking a stereo and a charity box containing about $50.
Update 9/2/09: The Daily News reports that Duvallya was arrested yesterday.