A menorah was stolen from a public display in Pleasant Plains, and a $500 reward has been offered to get it back, the Staten Island Advance reported.
State Sen. Andrew Lanza has put up the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, after Janine Materna, president of the civic association, noticed the religious item was missing Tuesday. Lanza also bought an exact replica to replace it.
The thief apparently cut a string holding the nine-pronged religious candelabrum, where it was being displayed at the Pleasant Plains Plaza. Also, a piece of the stand on which it was set up was tossed near the sewer.
The display had been unveiled Sunday at the Prince’s Bay location at Pleasant Plains Avenue and Amboy Road, as part of the Richmond Valley Civic Association’s second annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting ceremony.
The menorah is used during Hanukkah. It holds a candle for each of the eight nights of the holiday, plus one candle to light all the others.