Man, 39, arrested for scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti on 4 Brooklyn synagogues: NYPD


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 39-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti on four synagogues in Brooklyn over the weekend, the NYPD said Thursday.

Emil Benjamin, of Sheepshead Bay, was arrested and charged with hate-crime burglary Thursday morning, police said.

Police say Benjamin targeted two synagogues on Avenue J, one on Avenue L and one on Ocean Avenue in Midwood early Saturday morning.

Synagogue graffiti
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Benjamin used a marker to scrawl anti-Semitic graffiti outside the four synagogues, according to police.

He also allegedly entered one of the synagogues on Avenue J. Once inside, he scrawled more graffiti, damaged two cabinets and stole $20, police said.

The hate crime investigation came about a week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked state police to help the NYPD investigate anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on a Brooklyn yeshiva. The two crimes aren’t believed to be connected.

Benjamin's attorney information wasn't immediately available Thursday.