Man Sought in Theft of Religious Artifacts From Chabad Jewish Center of USC

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Surveillance video shows a man being sought in the theft of religious artifacts from the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center at USC on July 13, 2016. (Credit: Rabbi Dov Wagner)

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Rabbi Dov Wagner walked into work at the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center at USC and immediately realized he was dealing with a burglary.

Early Wednesday morning, someone found their way inside the center and stole $8,000 to $10,000 worth of equipment and religious artifacts, according to police and center officials.

The items taken included a computer, video projectors and three pairs of tefillin — sets of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah.

Wagner, the director of the Chabad center, said workers at the center reported tools missing, while Wagner discovered that a desktop computer in the office was missing as well. When he checked the security camera for answers, he got one.

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