VIDEO: Temple Israel Vandal Sought By Police • Long Beach Post


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The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man caught on video throwing a brick through the front window of a newly renovated Belmont Heights temple.

On January 7 at 11:30PM, police say a man exited a car parked in front of Temple Israel and walked up to the place of worship before hurling a brick through its large street-facing window. He is described as a white or Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, around 6″ tall and 170lbs. As seen in video footage captured by an outside security camera, the suspect was wearing light color cargo or basketball-type shorts, a long-sleeved light color jacket (“Member’s Only style,” according to police description), white t-shirt and dark color shower shoes. 

This is the second attack on Temple Israel—the oldest Reform Jewish temple between Los Angeles and San Diego—since the fences came down around its year-long, $4.6 million renovation last year. The first occurred less than a month after the temple’s re-opening in early November and included swastikas and the word “Nazi” being spray painted on its facade. LBPD determined that crime be an isolated incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Violent Crimes Detective Jackie Bezart at (562) 570-7250 or to remain anonymous visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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