By JAY DOW
pix11.com | @jaydownyc
10:38 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
BOROUGH PARK, NY (PIX11)
Rabbi Yehezkel Zion walked back into his Borough Park, Brooklyn home Monday evening with his hand full – and his mind at ease.
The family’s three foot menorah – stolen last Tuesday night, by a not too bright cat burglar who walked in through an unlocked back door.
When asked what it means to have it back in the house, Rabbi Zion replied, “Light. Light. This is a symbol of light. To have something like that back it light’s the whole house.”
After the suspect realized he was caught on the Zion’s home video surveillance system…he returned to steal more of the family’s silver…this time wearing a bandana over his face – as if that would help.
It was too late.
The suspect’s name is Denis Ildatov - and he’s now under arrest.
The 25-year-old is Jewish – but neighbors say he does not observe the Sabbath.
It’s now believed Ildatov wore a yarmulke, white shirt, and back pants during his video-recorded heist to make it easier for him to slip in and out of the homes of his Orthodox Jewish neighbors.
That’s exactly what he was wearing when he returned to his Ocean Parkway apartment building with a large silver object stuffed in a garbage bag less than an hour after breaking into the Zion’s home.
Helena Auslender is the building’s co-op board president.
“Then he said a few months ago, he was getting married. So i was happy for him. Then I saw the girl. Then I didn’t see her. I would never think that he would do something like this”, Auslender told Pix11’s Jay Dow.
Police have already charged Ildatov with two additional burglaries.
Members of Brooklyn South Shomrim Patrol say that Ildatov may also be responsible for several other break ins in this area and may have used at least one local store as a fence to get money for his stolen silver.
BSSP Coordinator Simcha Bernath told Dow, “If it would be repeatedly and from the same guy, especially stuff that we see, like a menorah worth thousands of dollars, that would be quite interesting and suspicious.”