Authorities believe salvage thieves stole a heavy 300-pound, 6-foot-tall menorah from a Brookline, Massachusetts synagogue, but they are not ruling out a possible hate crime.
Thieves made off with the Hebrew religious symbol sometime Wednesday morning from Temple Emeth, 194 Grove St., in Brookline, part of Greater Boston, Boston.com reported.
Brookline Police discovered the menorah at about 6 a.m. nearby, discarded at the intersection of Church and Weld streets in West Roxbury, as if it had fallen out of the back of a vehicle. They said it appears the thieves may have broken it while dislodging it from its spot at the synagogue.
Police said they believe the menorah was stolen to be sold for scrap metal.
“It hasn’t closed the door on an investigation of a possible hate crime, but at this time we don’t have those elements,” Lt. Philip Harrington of Brookline police said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Police returned the menorah, dusted it for fingerprints and continue to patrol the area. They have made no arrests.
A menorah, Hebrew for “lamp,” generally refers to a seven-branched golden candelabra that was lit every day in the Tabernacle and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem – or the 8-flamed lamp lit on the eight nights of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday.