By COLlive reporter
A Torah scroll that was described as a family heirloom was stolen this past month during the JCK Las Vegas, one of the leading jewelry expos in North America.
The show at The Venetian Expo typically attracts many religious Jewish diamond merchants who hold daily minyanim and enjoy catered kosher food and a Shabbos program together.
The Torah was brought to the expo by Jack Abraham, owner of Precious Gem Resources and president of Congregation Anshei Shalom, a synagogue for Afghan Jews in Queens, New York.
Surveillance cameras captured a man taking the Torah out in a suitcase, FOX5 reported. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they have not arrested anyone, and are investigating the case as grand larceny.
Abraham said the traveling Torah meant a lot to him personally. “It’s been to Israel for my grandsons bar mitzvah, it’s been at the weddings of my son, my daughters and the brit of my grandkids,” he told local news.
Abraham is offering $10,000 to get it back. “I Just want it back,” he said. “Take the $10,000. Please bring it back. I’m not going to press charges.”
Information about the case can be provided to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.