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Man Faces Hate Crime Charges In Brooklyn Burning Spree

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Police have arrested a man they say burned a dozen Jewish religious symbols in Brooklyn.

Ruben Ublies is charged with burglary, arson and criminal mischief, all as hate crimes.

He is also charged with reckless endangerment.

Police say Ublies was captured on surveillance video in one of two buildings in Williamsburg where mezuzahs were burned earlier this week.

A mezuzah is a portion of the Torah in a protective case, which is hung on the doorpost of a Jewish home.

Eleven of the symbols were burned in a building on Taylor Street on Monday.

The next day, another burnt mezuzah was found next door on Clymer Street.

Police say Ublies has a long rap sheet with dozens of arrests for crimes, including robbery, drug possession and weapons possession.

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