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Terror suspects allegedly tried to sell device to area Jewish groups
NISKAYUNA -- Local Jewish leaders said Glendon Scott Crawford, the man who planned to build a radiation device to kill people he believed were enemies of Israel, offered to sell it to Jewish groups.
“He was well dressed, very polite and spoke with our administrative staff for about ten minutes or so saying he had a gift he wanted to give to Jewish people to protect them and the people of Israel,” said Rabbi Matthew Cutler with the Congregation Gates of Heaven.
Crawford allegedly went on to tell administrative assistants he had a “weapon.” The staff told them they weren’t interested and directed him to the Jewish Federation of New York in an attempt to get him out of their office.
“Anybody who is talking about violence or any time of instrument to hurt other people, to get rid of enemies, you have to waive a flag of an alarm,” said Cutler.
The staff then called police who sent officers to the Jewish Federation and began investigating. Meanwhile, Crawford supposedly called the federation and tried to sell them his device, but didn’t go in person.
“This was a process where a threatening phone call comes to any institution, religious or otherwise, and then we depend on law enforcement, and we work closely with them, to develop a case against them and now we’re seeing the criminal justice program take over,” said Shelly Shapiro with the Jewish Federation.
Investigators said Crawford also attempted to sell the device to the Ku Klux Klan. Crawford claimed to be a member of the United Northern and Southern Knights which, according to its website, educates members on “how and when take action (in a non violent way)” in response to problems in the U.S.