Vandal Doesn’t Keep Yad Ezra From Its Mission

Around 4 p.m. on Sept. 23, a man bicycling past Yad Ezra vandalized the property at 2850 W. 11 Mile Road in Berkley, knocking out a security camera as he attempted to take down a sukkah built on the property. The incident was recorded on a second security camera, which showed a trim man in jeans, sunglasses and a white T-shirt on his cell phone while he vandalized the property.

“The guy was just being a jerk,” said Yad Ezra Executive Director Lea Luger. “The Berkley Police have been extremely responsive and wonderful for us, and this act of vandalism has no impact whatsoever on Yad Ezra’s mission of feeding the hungry. No one was hurt, and we don’t have one less can of food [for our clients] as a result of this individual.”

Luger said the extent of the damage includes a $250 security camera, which must be replaced, plus the installation fee. Yad Ezra plans to press charges once the perpetrator is arrested. The perpetrator returned the camera to Yad Ezra on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 4.

Berkley Police Detective Andrew Hadfield said the investigation is ongoing. Though Hadfield said his department has a “possible suspect” in mind, no formal charges or arrests have been made as of Oct. 4.

After viewing the video, if you can identify the man, call the Berkley Police Department tip line at (248) 658-3380.

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Stacy Gittleman is an award-winning journalist and has been a contributing writer for the Detroit Jewish News for the last five years. Prior to moving to Metro Detroit in 2013, she was a columnist and feature writer for Gannett's Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, NY. She also manages social media pages for other local non-profit organizations including the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. Contact her with breaking news and feature story ideas that impact Detroit's Jewish community at