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Arlington police seek true owners of old Hebrew scrolls and hundreds of other confiscated items

Posted by Brock Parker  November 18, 2011 01:39 PM

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Arlington police are trying to identify the rightful owner of an old Torah and scroll that were confiscated in July from a local businessman charged with receiving stolen property. Arlington Police Department

Arlington police say they are still trying to reunite the rightful owners of hundreds of allegedly stolen items, from a Ted Williams-autographed baseball to old Jewish scrolls, confiscated from a local businessman this summer.

Police Captain Flaherty said today that a local retailer identified some of the confiscated items Thursday night as merchandise stolen from his store.

But police still have an entire room full of items they confiscated from Louis L. Gersh, who, until his arrest in July, was running an online auction business at 87 Warren St. in Arlington called Louis L. Gersh Auctions.

Thursday night, Arlington Police invited police departments from surrounding communities, including Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, to view the items in an effort to reunite the belongings to their rightful owners.

Among the rarest items confiscated by police were an old Torah and scroll written in Hebrew. They remain locked in a safe at the Arlington police station. Investigators aren’t sure how old they are, and they are asking anyone who recognizes them as potentially stolen during a break-in, possibly at a synagogue or temple, to contact police.

Gersh, 52, who lives in Medford and remains free on bail, could not be reached for comment today.

He was charged in July with receiving stolen property valued at more than $250 and multiple charges of heroin possession with the intent to distribute, following a joint investigation by Arlington, Medford and Somerville police.

At the time of Gersh’s arrest, police executed a search warrant at his business and identified several allegedly stolen items, including a GPS device reportedly taken in Medford.

Dozens of handbags, guitars, computer equipment and cameras were also confiscated, and now fill the shelves of a storage room at the Arlington police station.

Gersh also had unopened boxes of electric toothbrushes, electric shavers, jewelry, and sports memorabilia, including baseballs signed by Pete Rose and Ted Williams, and a heavyweight wrestling championship belt of uncertain authenticity, police said.

Flaherty said that if any more of the items are identified as belonging to burglary victims, they will be placed in an evidence room and additional charges will be taken out against Gersh.

Police are asking anyone with information about the Torah and scroll to contact Arlington Police Inspector Brian Connerney at 781-316-3914.


The handbags, tools and computers seen here were among the items police confiscated from Louis Gersh. Police believe the items are stolen and are trying to reunite them with their rightful owners.
Brock Parker

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