On the afternoon of Shabbos, November 4, a man was seen on surveillance cameras entering Darkei Chaim Talmud Torah, located at 1470 56th Street, and going into a number of rooms in the building, including an office. The next day, a yeshivah employee noticed that $5,000 was missing from the office.
On the evening of January 6, also a Shabbos, surveillance cameras show a man entering The Cheder, located at 129 Elmwood Avenue. The man went into several rooms in the building, and on Motzoei Shabbos, a yeshivah employee noticed that cash, totaling $300, was missing from three rooms.
Last Friday, police arrested 39-year-old Sobirov Ilhomjon, an Uzbek immigrant living in Midwood, and charged him in both burglaries. Sources familiar with the investigation tell Hamodia that Ilhomjon may have had the help of an unknown accomplice in The Cheder burglary.
Ilhomjon faces a total of 15 counts related to the two incidents, including burglary, grand larceny, trespass, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief. Bail was set at $15,000.
Ilhomjon has been arrested at least six previous times, mostly for similar offenses. In 2014, he was sentenced to one to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a third-degree-burglary charge.