Serial Salford burglar is brought to justice for 28 break-ins

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2013

A MANCHESTER burglar who stole from Jewish houses has been jailed after admitting 28 break-ins.

Michal Juras, 24, lived close to most of his victims in Salford, in the heart of Manchester’s Jewish community.

He was charged with five burglaries at Manchester Crown Court but admitted a further 23. He was jailed for three years and six months.


Russia says Chabad stole manuscripts

By Nissan Tzur, January 31, 2013

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused Chabad of theft in the latest episode in Russia’s diplomatic row with the US over the ownership of the Schneerson Library.


Thefts at Jewish school

August 16, 2012

A 23-year-old man has been charged with repeatedly burgling a Jewish primary school.

Schneur Simmons faces four burglary charges relating to incidents at the Torah Vodaas Primary School at Golders Green Synagogue, Dunstan Road, between January 2011 and this month.

He appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on Monday but did not enter a plea and was bailed to reappear next month.


£30 metal theft from shul causes gas leak

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Metal thieves who stole copper pipe worth less than £30 from Southend Reform Synagogue caused a gas leak in the surrounding area.

Ten feet of copper pipe, which had been fitted just three months previously, was torn off in the early hours of last Tuesday.

The Westcliff-based community has since been unable to heat the building and has had difficulty finding a plumber because it is not an em


Jail term for synagogue office fraudster

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

A synagogue office worker has been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £36,000 from her community to fund a luxury lifestyle.

Susan Rudette spent the money she took from the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds on a new kitchen, Sky TV subscription, holidays, mobile phone bills and cars.


JC helps owners to get their Judaica back

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

Families have been reunited with Judaica stolen from their homes following an appeal on the JC website.

Eight men were arrested last month after police discovered them squatting in a house in The Ridgeway, Golders Green, with a stash of stolen goods.

The valuables included a menorah, a collection box and candlesticks, as well as jewellery, a laptop computer and a silver watch.


Jewel thief is sought

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 18, 2011

Police have asked for the public's help in hunting a man in connection with robberies of Jewish jewellers from London and Manchester, in which thousands of pounds worth of diamonds were stolen.

Mark Cunniffe, 50, has already evaded several arrest attempts by Greater Manchester Police.


Jewel thief sentenced to 10 years

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

A four-year hunt for an armed robber who stole £374,000-worth of Rolex and other watches in a vicious raid on a Jewish-run jewellers in Leeds, has ended with his conviction after extradition to the UK.


Four years for diamond tracker thief

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 7, 2011

Police have edged closer to catching high-tech robbers who have targeted Jewish jewellers in north Manchester after one victim helped officers target the criminal ring.


One guilty in Stamford Hill gagged and bound death

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

A Polish decorator has been found guilty of manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair.

Her five-bedroom house had been "ransacked