Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Upper Saddle River man arrested in eruv tampering 

Police cited an 80-year-old borough man who on Friday was allegedly found tampering with a religious boundary recently installed by a New York Hasidic group, according to authorities.

Around 3:30 p.m., police discovered Edmund Zelhof removing a PVC pipe from a Sparrownbush Road utility pole, Detective Lieutenant Edward Kane said in a statement.

Hasidic Jews from Monsey have used the pipe to mark their religious perimeter, or eruv.

Police issued Zelhof a summons for criminal mischief, a disorderly persons offense, according to Kane.

His statement did not say if the offense constituted a bias crime.

In the days prior, police discovered vandalism to the eruv in other areas of Mahwah and Upper Saddle River.

A police investigation is remains underway, according to a statement from Upper Saddle River.


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