Yosef Ziegler was busted by the Feds yesterday for robbing four different FDIC insured banks located in New York and New Jersey, in Fishkill, Pomona, Park Ridge, Duchess County, and Wappinger Falls. Ziegler’s modus operandi was to walk into a bank dressed in black, with a hoodie, boots, ski mask, a bike helmet, and black face paint. Ziegler always carried a black bag with him into the bank. Ziegler walked into each bank and asked to see the branch manager. Ziegler opened his black bag for the branch manager. Inside the black bag were two cylinders with wires and flashing lights. Ziegler had an electronic device in his hand which he told the branch manager was a detonator. He told the branch manager that if he didn’t get all the cash in the vault he was going to blow himself up. Ziegler was led into the vault of each bank and handed tens of thousands of dollars. Before Ziegler left the bank he told the bank employees to wait 30 seconds before calling the police department. Its not clear if Ziegler left his suicide bomb in the bank or whether he took it with him after he left the bank. Copycat Jewicide bank robber bombers may wish to contact Ziegler for further clarification.
After each robbery Ziegler hopped into his white 2019 Dodge Ram 1500, identified by law enforcement as equipped with numerous unique Jewicide bank robber bomber aftermarket options, such as a tool box, bed cover, short radio antenna, and “Hemi” tag with a single exhaust pipe. Zieglers used the same Dodge Ram for each bank robbery, which were captured on bank security cameras. What a putz! This young man obviously didn’t listen to his Jewish mother when she told him to go to medical school.
The Feds worked with local cops at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and quickly identified Ziegler’s Dodge ram. THe ram was registered to a company with an address in Spring Valley. Ziegler was listed as a resident at this address. Bank surveillance videos showed a clear picture of Ziegler’s face. Ziegler didn’t smile for the camera, but he was clearly recognized. FBI Special Agent Moises Hassell was able to obtain Ziegler’s phone number from an insurance company database that collects data on claimants who were involved in automobile accidents. Ziegler was involved in a car accident in 2016. FBI Special agent Hassell was able to determine who Ziegler called the most. “The number most frequently communicated was a phone number for which Ziegler’s wife or ex wife is a subscriber.” Ziegler’s “wife or ex-wife” was not implicated as a co-conspirator. Ziegler operated alone. If Special Agent Hassell checked the New York family court records for divorce proceedings he would have discovered that Yosef S. Ziegler just filed a divorce case against Rebecca Ziegler in Rockland County. I can only assume that Yosef was upset that his wife declined to join him in his life of crime.
Special Agent Hassell checked the cell phone tower records to determine whether Ziegler’s cell phone was in the vicinity of the banks at the time of the robberies. Ziegler outfoxed the FBI. Ziegler put his cell phone on airplane mode when he committed each robbery. But Hassell is smarter than Ziegler. Hassell determined that Ziegler’s cell phone was at each bank a day or two before each robbery, while Ziegler was casing out the banks. Ziegler forgot to put his cell phone on airplane mode when he was snooping around the banks. What a putz!
FBI Special Agent Hassell even checked out Ziegler’s Facebook page and looked at Ziegler’s pictures in which he was wearing an EMT uniform. Hassell went to the ambulance company and observed Ziegler in his uniform. Hassell determined that Ziegler was the same person in the bank surveillance videos, the Facebook pages, and working for the ambulance company. Hassell failed to figure out which shul in Monsey Ziegler davened in. That would be religious profiling, which would be improper, illegal, anti-Semetic and unconstitutional!
Special Agent Hassell obtained a search warrant and raided Ziegler’s residence in Spring Valley. Hassell found a bb-gun, a pocket knife and $70K in cash. Hassell also raided Ziegler’s rented storage container. Hassell found $2,500 in cash wrapped up in “TrustCo Bank” money ties and a black bike helmet Ziegler wore during the robberies. What a putz!
Ziegler is representative of a new crop of Jewish criminals. Jewish criminals of the old days, like myself, committed sophisticated financial crimes. Today’s Jewish criminals lack this level of sophistication. Jewish criminals today have limited education and a lack of formal education. A Yeshiva is no substitute for law school or medical school. This new crop of Jewish criminals has to resort to low level crimes of violence and threatened violence. They are going to find out the hard way that this type of criminal activity doesn’t pay. Ziegler will be facing 10-20 years in Federal prison for this crime of extreme stupidity. Ziegler gives respectable Jewish criminals like myself a bad name. Ziegler will never gain admittance into Club Fed in Otisville NY. Otisville only accepts white collar non-violent criminals. Ziegler will never get a seat at the Otisville Shabbos table with Michael Cohen or Sheldon Silver. Ziegler will have to spend Shabbos with the Spanish, shvartzes and goyim in Fort Dix.
Joseph Orlow: There is a Jewish concept regarding one who has an overwhelming urge to commit a sin. The advice is to dress in “black”, which I heard from Rabbi Yehuda Levin means to disguise oneself. The second step, I believe, is to go somewhere where there are no Jews. And then, and only then, should the person give in to their desire. This teaching is not permission to sin. The person is still responsible for their sinning.
The idea is to minimize the sin. By traveling and disguising, no one will find out that someone from the community is sinning. The sinner returns to his community and keeps the knowledge that he sinned to himself.
Otherwise, if others found out about the sinning, the sin might eventually become mainstream. A person in the community might say, “Well, X does that sin. Why can’t I?” In the case of Daniel Greer, he did not follow this teaching. In fact, he mainstreamed the sin somewhat within his compound.
In the case of the bank robber, he did a better job. He wore black. He went out of town. He wore a disguise. He seems to have done everything “right”. I think where he went wrong is that the Gemora may only be talking about a sin which is a sin for Jews, but which is not a sin for non-Jews. Such as eating pork. Or at least the sin is a sin non-Jews do not prosecute people for. Thus, had Daniel Greer gone to a city without a Jewish population and met someone at a bar, that would have been in line with the teaching to wear black and travel to another place. Even though non-Jews are commanded to refrain from homosexuality, that Noahide Law is not enforced in the U.S. Had Daniel Greer done this, he would not be absolved from the sin itself nor absolved of the sin of causing another to sin, etc. but at least he would not be where he is now facing years in jail.On the other hand, the Torah prohibits robbery across the board. A Jew may not steal from a Jew or a non-Jew. A Jew may not threaten others with violence in order to steal. The same is true of a non-Jew and the law reflects that.
In the final analysis, it is best to cry out to G-d for His Help and try to overcome the urge to sin. It helps, or at least I find it helps me, to learn about cases where people succumb to sin and go to jail. It cools whatever ardor I have to commit crimes.
Yerachmiel Lopin: This is off topic, but the images dumped the question in my brain, like a load of noodles in a colander. What is Larry Noodles opinion of Pastafarians?
“Come now, Mattaathias, be the first to obey the King’s command, as all the Gentiles and Judeans have done, then you and your sons shall be numbered among the King’s friends, and you and your sons shall be honored with silver and gold and many gifts. You are a leader, and honorable and great man in the city, supported by sons and kindred. But Mattathias answered in a loud voice, ‘Although the Gentiles and Judeans in the king’s realm obey him, so that they forsake their religion and consent to the king’s orders, yet I and my sons will keep to the covenant of our ancestors. We will not obey the words of the King by departing from our religion in the slightest degree.’” 1 Maccabees Ch. 2.
“The hand of G-d lay heavy upon the he-goats, the ewes, the crooks, the politicians, and the infidels, and He wrought havoc among them: He struck them with hemorrhoids.” I Samuel 5-6
“It is better to be cursed by the Prophet Achiya ha’Shiloni, and repeatedly cursed out by Larry Noodles, than to be blessed by Bil’am.” Taanit 20.
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Jonathan Siegel: It’s not clear to me this is all so new. Sam “Red” Levine was one of the principals of Murder Inc., the group of Jewish hitmen Lucky Luciano hired so the Mafia old guard, who refused to socialize with or get to know Jews, wouldn’t recognize who was about to bump them off. Their prejudice, their loss. Reb Levine was said to have been so religious that not only did he keep strictly kosher, he would never perform a hit on the Sabbath before davening, and only if it involved great financial gain.
Bugsy Siegel, of the same outfit, was said to have recognized and escaped his FBI tail because, when they followed him into Yom Kippur services disguised as chassidim, they insisted on taking their contractual smoking breaks. Labor rules and all that. Apparently having been raised religious has its advantages.
- Joseph A. Orlow Of course this is new! Tuition at Jewish schools was reasonable and affordable in the old days!! Traditional Jewish gangsters could afford to educate their children without resorting to bank robbery.
Lawrence S. Dressler Those stories are nothing but bubbe maises. The era of Jewish bootleggers and gangsters ended a long ago. The 1980s began the golden age of sophisticated Jewish crime with Ivan Boesky and Michael Millikin. The glory days are long gone and the new Jewish criminals consist of Russian thugs who don’t even know that they are Jewish and suicide bank robber bombers.
Joseph A. Orlow Noodles holds himself aloof from violent and mundane crimes like suicide threatening would be bomber bank robbers.
But his supposed white collar crime is a minor point, peripheral and extraneous to the discussion. Let’s talk, instead, about white FLOUR crime.
One of the biggest heists in penitentiary history was none other than the eponymic Great Noodles Robbery which makes the Dresden Green Vault theft pale in comparison, how much more so loose change like a quarter of a million dollars as in the matter at hand.
Do you know what each one of those cooked spiral cooked noodles is worth today? The bag they were in, alone, would create a bidding war of epic proportions on eBay!
Joseph A. Orlow “That would be religious profiling….”
Some of Noodles’ best lines just kind of sneak up on you, and catch you off guard, sort of like a joke with a punchline lurking in a black bag with flashing lights.