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Burglary at F.R.E.E.

Earlier this afternoon there was a burglary in the offices of F.R.E.E. [Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe] on President Street between Kingston and Brooklyn. The incident took place between 4:00pm and 4:20pm.

The Shul was locked at 4:00pm after Mincha and was reopened at 4:20pm for Maariv when one of the people inside noticed a largely built male Black estimated in his 30’s exit the building. He asked the other person if they were expecting any deliveries to which he answered to the negative and immediately ran upstairs to check on the offices upstairs where he saw the door to the library was kicked in and one of the offices ransacked.

More in the Extended Article.

They immediately called 911 and one of them ran out of the building to try and catch the perp, but he had disappeared. The burglar damaged the alarm setting it off, the alarm company then notified the police as well who responded and filled out a report.

Among the things stolen were a Laptop Computer an iPod and a Digital Camera and other items. The burglar damaged the Alarm system and a door as well.

In the future we urge residents to call Shomrim immediately as well after a crime at (718) 774-3333 24/7

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#1 Comment By Rochel On January 21, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

Oh my gosh, all that damage in 20 minutes only, he must have had it all planned out!
Maybe he knew where to find everything he wanted!
I hope they catch him!
Rochel

#2 Comment By Shul On January 22, 2007 @ 11:51 am

This is right next to Kingston where are extra lights it is very dark in the picture it is not even completely night & the little bit of light is from the shul

#3 Comment By Mendy W. On January 22, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

Honestly, that photo of F.R.E.E. makes it look like a haunted house. I am very sorry to hear about the burglary.It only shows that we must step up patrols in our neighborhood.

#4 Comment By someone that go-s to F.R.E.E SHUL On January 22, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

I can’t belive F.R.E.E was ROBBED.

What kind of sick mind’s come up with these animal’s.

I just hope that perp gets in BIG TROUBLE when they catch him.

#5 Comment By BrookAve On January 22, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

To Mendy W.:

Haunted House?? Of course it is! All of the tears, screams of torture from the refugees of Soviet Union. How many thousands of stories told at those warm vodka evenings. The struggles and the freedom of these heros. The scum that did this should immediately be sent to the Gulog, and stand in drek up to his neck for 23 hours a day.

#6 Comment By concerned On January 22, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

I would be happy to donate money if FREE will make a fund raiser to buy camera surveillance equipment, and I”m sure other people will also want to help. If alot of us all give something, it will certainly take care of the purchase.

#7 Comment By FREE On January 22, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

Concerned,

Please contact F.R.E.E. about your interest to donate for a Surveilance system, am sure they will be happy to honor your request.

F.R.E.E.
718-467-0860.

#8 Comment By never been to crown heights On January 22, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

It looks like a mansion to me.
Levi-Melbourne, Australia.

#9 Comment By another aussie in ch On January 22, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

levi – it is a mansion, that whole block is. but not us well kept as the melb. ones, that whole place needs an overhaul! maybe they canraise $$$$$$$$ for that too!

#10 Comment By Oxymoron, stealing from free On January 22, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

His defence: “I thought it was FREE!”

#11 Comment By freaky On January 23, 2007 @ 12:17 am

that pic looks kind of scary sure dosen’t make me so eager to walk in CH at night

#12 Comment By Mendy W. On January 23, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

To BrookAve-

My comment was on the facade of the FREE shul and how it looked with those lights shining on it, not on the inside ,which everyone agrees is a holy place where many simchos and tefilos occur.“dreck to the neck” is a very poetic way to describe how the criminals should be punished, it gave me a chuckle to read.

May Hashem protect us all , and reveal moshiach already !

#13 Comment By N.S. On January 23, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

BY NACHIE.S
OOH SCARY IT LOOKS LIKE A HAUNTED HOUSE.
HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN IN 20 MINUTES.
I HOPE THEY CATCH HIM.IF NOT WILL DO IT AGAIN.HE WILL DO IT AGAIN NOT THERE BUT OTHER PLACES.

THANK YOU.
NACHIE