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October 4, 2012 11:24 am

Iranian Man Steals Sukkot Etrog in London

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A 23 year old Iranian man admitted to stealing an etrog from a specialty Sukkot store, after being arrested by police in Northwest London.

Ali Kerman-Shali placed the yellow fruit used during the holiday of Sukkot in his pocket and left a store in Golders Green.  The fruit was valued at over $100 and according to the Jewish Chronicle, Kerman-Shali “immediately admitted the theft when arrested in the early hours of last Friday morning. He had only two pence and could not afford to buy the etrog.”

The 23 year old told police he thought the fruit “smelled nice” and wanted to eat it.  Fines were paid to a local court and the store where the theft took place.

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  • Ploni

    I dont think stealing a fruit is a serious crime. It is mildly amusing that he thought it might taste good. He probably really wanted to know what a $100 fruit tasted like and was unaware that the inflated value was not because it was delicious, but because it is beautiful. Poor guy.

  • Mildred Bilt

    Alexander-you went a little over the top. Maybe he was an Iranian Jew. And the fruit does smell good. But $100 for an etrog? What’s up with that? So how much is a succot in London? $100,000? No place for a poor Iranian or a poor Jew.

    • Alexander Kaganovsky

      We are so fond of justifying everybody! A thief is a thief.

      • Poopoo head fred

        A hungry poor person is not a thief but is desperate not that this guy falls into that catagory but not all who steal are thiefs like you think

        • JENNA

          Hungry he wasn’t hungry he said it smelt nice! He was a greedy thief if he was hungry he would have gone to one of the many free soup kitchens, or god forbid GET A JOB!

  • Alexander Kaganovsky

    Stupid bloody monkey! Next time he’ll steal talit to use it as a blanket