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3 arrested in connection to burglary at Nashville synagogue

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Woodie Arendall Woodie Arendall
Chelsie Roake Chelsie Roake
Justin Exum Justin Exum
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Three people have been arrested in connection to a burglary at a Nashville synagogue, and members of the synagogue were able to help capture the people accused of the crime.

About $10,000 in silver religious ornaments was taken from West End Synagogue on Monday morning around 1 a.m.

Officials say three people then showed up to Cashville Gold and Silver Buyers on Franklin Pike on Monday afternoon and tried to sell the stolen items. What they didn't know is that they were being set up and were about to get a big surprise.

As soon as synagogue members Jerry Levine and Josh Levine had learned the sacred silver was stolen from their place of worship, they jumped into action.

"I was angry that somebody would do that," Jerry Levine said.

The Levines had even given one of the pieces to the temple.

"There was actually one that was donated to my grandparents from my great-grandparents in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary," Josh Levine said.

So the father and son pair, who have spent decades in the business of buying precious metal, alerted other gold and silver shops around Nashville just in case the crooks showed up to sell the stolen goods.

Sure enough, they got a call from another buyer.

"We set it up to where they would come here, and we were waiting for them," Jerry Levine said.

Surveillance video shows two women and a 13-year-old girl carrying the stolen loot into the Levines' store.

"They said it was one of their grandmother's, that it had been in the family for generations and wasn't sure what it was," Josh Levine said. "I said it cant be your grandmother's, because it's his grandmother's."

The young women blamed the man waiting in a car outside, so Josh Levine rushed outside and used his truck to block them in while his dad called police.

Police arrested 19-year-old Chelsie Roake, 26-year-old Justin Exum and 20-year-old Woodie Arendall late Monday night. Police say all of them admitted their involvement in the break-in.

"I feel wonderful that I was able to do my part in recovering the items that were taken," Jerry Levine said.

It turns out Exum was one of the maintenance men at the West End Synagogue.

The three suspects are now facing theft and burglary charges and are each being held on a $10,000 bond.

Exum has a prior conviction for possession of cocaine.

Unfortunately, a lot of the things recovered were damaged, and about half the silver is still missing, including the piece belonging to the Levine family.

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