January 8, 2014 Williamsburg, Brooklyn (CBSNewYork/NYDailyNews) — Killers who kidnapped Brooklyn landlord during snowstorm dumped body earlier than planned: sources
The charred corpse of Menachem Stark was found in Great Neck because, police believe, the killers got cold feet over forecast of snow. New surveillance may offer more clues.
The killers of a Brooklyn man whose charred corpse was found in a Great Neck garbage can last week likely intended to dump the body farther from the city but got spooked by a brewing snowstorm, police sources said Wednesday.
Detectives looking for a break in the chilling murder of Menachem Stark, 39, continued to zero in on the van used in his kidnapping outside his Brooklyn office last Thursday.
New surveillance video shows the van used in the abduction — a silver vehicle with Ohio plates — circling the area where Stark was eventually found Friday, police sources said.
“They were zig-zagging. You can see them going back and forth in the same area … . The belief is they wanted to drive way out onto (Long) Island to get rid of the body. Instead, because of the snow, they wound up in Great Neck,” said a police source.
“They were panicking — they clearly were trying to figure out a spot to dump the body when they got off the highway,” said a second cop source.
On Wednesday, Stark’s family doubled the $25,000 reward for information in the case. The NYPD also kicked in $22,000, bringing the total reward to $72,000.
Police are still combing through Stark’s business dealings and talking to his real estate partner, Israel Perlmutter.
The men are named in a federal lawsuit the FDIC filed in Illinois against Broadway Bank, alleging it made two loans to the men totaling $7.7 million, despite their dodgy credit.