Queens Gold Buyer Catches Synagogue Thief - Local News & Community Working at Its Finest
The Gold Standard employee recognizes stolen synagogue items while watching NY1. Immediately, she called her boss, who called the police, which led to the recovery of the stolen items.
March 6, 2012 - PRLog -- Forest Hills, New York. Last Tuesday, police arrested Efram Sanders for stealing over a dozen items from a local synagogue in Queens. The 28-year-old male was charged with burglary, grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property. It was reported that he had stolen 3 silver Torah crowns, 2 mini Torah crowns, 4 Torah pointers, and 3 Torah breastplates from Congregation Rachel Degel Israel in Kew Gardens, NY.
The net worth of all the stolen silver items amounted to over $15,000.00. However, it was not the monetary loss that caused despair among the members of the congregation. All of the stolen items carried both religious and sentimental value. Needless to say, the members of Congregation Degel were more than shocked when they discovered that someone had violated their private place of worship.
Janet Medina, an employee at The Gold Standard of Forest Hills, was one of many watching the local news that Tuesday morning. After seeing the report of the missing items on public news, Medina responded, “Oh my God, I've seen those items!” She immediately contacted store owner Scott Simon. Simon was able to match up all but 2 of the reported stolen items with what was stored as inventory at The Gold Standard of Forest Hills.
"He seemed like a regular nice Jewish man". Simon recalled buying the items from Sanders earlier last week. As part of protocol, employees of The Gold Standard always ask their customers if they own the gold or silver items they are trying to sell or pawn. Simon recalls Sanders stating that the items were inherited from his Bar Mitzvah.
The Gold Standard of Forest Hills has proven to hold true to their honest and ethical business practices. The family owned store has been in the gold buying and pawning business for many years. They are known for being one of the most dependable gold buyers around the Queens and Long Island area.
The store does not expect to get back the thousands of dollars they lost, however both Medina and Simon were happy to restore the stolen items back to Congregation Degel. Simon remarked, “I don't think that in their wildest dreams they thought they were ever going to see them again. I’m just honored to be able to help them recover what is rightfully theirs”.
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About The Gold Standard.
For many years, The Gold Standard has been one of New York’s most dependable and trustworthy gold buyers and pawnbrokers. With 13 locations throughout Queens and Long Island, The Gold Standard continues to grow and expand as a successful business. What sets them apart from any other gold buyer or pawnshop is their promise to offer friendly customer service, secure transactions and fair prices for all of their customers. For more information, contact The Gold Standard of Forest Hills at (646) 470-4907), by email at foresthills@