Bagels Used In Vandalism Aimed At Local Jewish Community

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) – The Jewish Community in Dekalb County has been subjected recently to a rash of vandalism attacks, with perpetrators often using bagels – a breakfast item stereotypically enjoyed by Jewish people – as part of their crimes.

Rabbi Ilan Feldman says incidents in the last three weeks include leaving bagels on people’s lawns and tied to trees, but he says that Monday night someone threw an egg at a man walking out of a building at Congregation Beth Jacob, a local synagogue.

DeKalb County Police are keeping an eye on the synagogue, where other members have allegedly also been targeted, mostly for similar mischief or vandalism.

Authorities are additionally investigating reports of car burglaries, and Atlanta Police have recovered a vehicle stolen from that location.

Feldman says that almost all of the incidents have occurred on Friday nights, when the Jewish Sabbath begins.

Calls made by CBS Atlanta to the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office and Congregation Beth Jacob were not immediately returned.

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