This Yiddish news site busted open this story just yesterday in Bushwick (Wallabout St. and Throop Av.). I'm including the file photo.
Williamsburg, NY - Chasidic Man Mugged On Yom Tov For His Shtreimel
The victim was walking from synagogue at around 9:30 pm and was near Wallabout Street and Throop Avenue when two young men approached him from behind. One of them lifted the man’s shtreimel, a fur hat with a $1,200 price tag, then both ran off.
Police are still searching for the suspects.
Wild shit. Check out this variety of comments:
"A fur hat with a 1200$ price tag. So he is a satmerer with the new takunes"
"I always said that the shtreimels r over priced but nobody does anythng abt it they only complain wjhen the sheitel prices r up. Hey a thought maynbe it was made from avoda zara fur"
"They can use it Chas vsholom to look chassidic and enter an area for a pigua. Hashem Yishmareinu"
There are dozens more but this is my favorite:
"Paying a thousand bucks for a high-end shtreimel is a waste. No where does it say that we must follow the livush of our grandparents and pay obscene amounts to copy the headware of Polish nobility. Also, a goy might spend a hundred dollars on baseball hats but not a thousand. Finally, what does a Shtreimel have to do with a chassanah. Any girl who marries a bochur for his Shtremel is in need of serious help."