A Brooklyn thief ran up behind a Hasidic Jewish man last week and swiped the traditional fur hat he was wearing from atop his head, police said Sunday.
The 27-year-old victim was walking on Wallabout Street and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg at about 6:15 p.m. Friday when the suspect grabbed the hat, known as a shtreimel, from off his head, cops said.
The hat, which is worn by Hasidic men on Shabbat and during holidays, is worth about $8,000, police said.
The suspect ran off and is still at large. He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, authorities said.
The NYPD’s hate crime task force is investigating the theft, police said.