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Three women caught with silver stolen from local synagogue (video)

By Mason White 3:53 PM May 14, 2014
Chelsie Roake and Woodie Arendall 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) Two women and a man were arrested on charges of burglary after they allegedly stole silver from a synagogue and tried to sell it, police in Tennessee said.

Nashville Police said that members of the synagogue were able to help catch those accused of the theft.

The thieves took $10,000 worth of silver religious ornaments from the West End Synagogue on Monday morning around 1:00 a.m.

Authorities said that three people showed up at Cashville Gold and Silver Buyers on Franklin Pike on Monday afternoon, and tried to sell the stolen items. Josh Levine and Jerry Levine, both members of the synagogue, had learned the sacred silver was stolen from their place of worship.

The father and son alerted other gold and silver shops around Nashville that thieves might be trying to sell the stolen items. Surveillance video showed two women and a 13-year-old girl carrying the stolen loot.

They said it belonged to one of their grandmothers, and it had been in the family for generations. When they were told that it does not belong to their grandmother because it actually belongs to Levine’s grandmother, the young women blamed the man waiting in a car outside.

They ran outside, and Josh Levine used his truck to block them until police arrived.

Police arrested 19-year-old Chelsie Roake, 26-year-old Justin Exum and 20-year-old Woodie Arendall. They all admitted their involvement in the robbery. Exum is one of the maintenance men in the West End Synagogue.

The three suspects are now facing charges of robbery and theft, and are each being held on bail of $10,000. Exum has a previous conviction for possession of cocaine.