Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Stealing Donation Box From Burshteiner Shul in Borough Park

A 23-year-old resident of Bensonhurst has been sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for burglarizing a Borough Park synagogue, last year in March, which had once employed him as a waiter at its reception hall, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced on Tuesday.

The man, identified as Peter Podziewski, and his compliance, Daniel Roscher, 25, entered Congregation Beth Jacob Burshtein, located at 5610 12th Avenue, in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, and ripped off a donation box on the wall.

Both men had formerly worked as waiters at a reception hall affiliated with the synagogue.

Podziewski pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram 3 weeks ago. He was sentenced to an indeterminate term of two to four years in prison.

Roscher pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for his part in the incident last July and was sentenced to one to three years in prison.

That sentence is to run concurrent to a five-year sentence he received at the same time for an unrelated case in which he pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery.

“This defendant used his position as a former employee to steal from a house of worship. He will now pay the price for his shameful conduct,” Thompson said in a statement.

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