A Brooklyn man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime for allegedly vandalizing four synagogues last week.

The New York Police Department says 39-year-old Emil Benjamin went on a graffiti spree at four Brooklyn-area synagogues: Kahal Darkei Noam, Young Israel Senior Services, Khal Toras Chaim D’Flatbush, and Bais Avigdor.

The suspect is accused of writing ‘pedophiles’ in red marker on a side door entrance to the Young Israel synagogue, a police spokesperson told DailyMail.com. Police say the other graffiti also included derogatory phrases, but did not reveal any specifics.

The New York Police Department says 39-year-old Emil Benjamin went on a graffiti spree at four Brooklyn-area synagogues: Kahal Darkei Noam, Young Israel Senior Services, Khal Toras Chaim D'Flatbush, and Bais Avigdor

The New York Police Department says 39-year-old Emil Benjamin went on a graffiti spree at four Brooklyn-area synagogues: Kahal Darkei Noam, Young Israel Senior Services, Khal Toras Chaim D'Flatbush, and Bais Avigdor

The New York Police Department says 39-year-old Emil Benjamin went on a graffiti spree at four Brooklyn-area synagogues: Kahal Darkei Noam, Young Israel Senior Services, Khal Toras Chaim D’Flatbush, and Bais Avigdor

Security footage released by police shows a hooded man walking up the front steps to one synagogue, removing a Sharpie marker from his jacket, and writing on the front facade

Security footage released by police shows a hooded man walking up the front steps to one synagogue, removing a Sharpie marker from his jacket, and writing on the front facade

Security footage released by police shows a hooded man walking up the front steps to one synagogue, removing a Sharpie marker from his jacket, and writing on the front facade

At Bais Avigdor, police say, Benjamin broke into the synagogue, marked it with graffiti, broke several cabinets, and stole $20.

According to a LexisNexis search, Benjamin has lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Midwood around the corner from the Young Israel synagogue.

Security footage released by police shows a hooded man walking up the front steps to one synagogue, removing a Sharpie marker from his jacket, and writing on the front facade. 

The incidents, which are being investigated by NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force, occurred between midnight and 1:30am on December 23.

‘I was disgusted to my core to learn of the anti-Semitic acts of vandalism that occurred in Brooklyn over the weekend,’ Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement last week. 

‘Let us remember, hate, in any of its forms, will not be tolerated in New York and we will always stand united against the cowards who seek to sow division and attack people for who they are or what they believe.’

The suspect is accused of writing 'pedophiles' in red marker on a side door entrance to the Young Israel synagogue in Midwood, Brooklyn (pictured), an NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com. Police say the other graffiti also included derogatory phrases

The suspect is accused of writing 'pedophiles' in red marker on a side door entrance to the Young Israel synagogue in Midwood, Brooklyn (pictured), an NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com. Police say the other graffiti also included derogatory phrases

The suspect is accused of writing ‘pedophiles’ in red marker on a side door entrance to the Young Israel synagogue in Midwood, Brooklyn (pictured), an NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com. Police say the other graffiti also included derogatory phrases

This post first appeared on Dailymail.co.uk

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