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Chabad Rabbi on Scooter Chases Down Burglary Suspect in Palm Beach

A rabbi rode a motor scooter to chased down a suspected burglar after spotting him outside of a Palm Beach, Florida Chabad house.

Avrohom Ezagui, a Lubavitcher rabbi, became suspicious when he saw a man holding a bag of valuables, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Ezagui assumed the valuables had been taken from Chabad and gave chase on his scooter. A fight reportedly broke out when Ezagui reached the man, Eric Hanna, 28.

But Hanna had actually allegedly targeted a nearby home, not the Chabad house. He allegedly broke into the home through an open window and grabbed over $10,000 worth of jewelry, the paper reported.

Hanna was later arrested by police and faces two counts of burglary, one count of larceny of more than $10,000, one count of loitering, one count of battery and one count of criminal mischief. Bail was set at $87,000.

In 2011, the Chabad Palm Beach synagogue was targeted by burglars. Besides making off with valuables the crooks swiped a $1 that had been blessed by the late Lubavitcher rebbe Menachem Schneerson.

The synagogue offered a $1,000 reward for the safe return of the bill, but apparently got no takers.

This story "Chabad Rabbi on Scooter Chases Down Burglary Suspect in Palm Beach" was written by Hody Nemes.


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