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Jun 13, 2012 13:24
Category: Religious News

Missing Book of Morman

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested a man in
the theft of a rare first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon from a
suburban Phoenix bookstore.
     Mesa police said Tuesday that FBI and U.S. marshals searched the
apartment of Jay Linford in Washington, D.C., and recovered the
book that's valued at about $40,000.
     The edition is one of 5,000 printed in 1830.
     The owner of Rare and Out of Print Books and Art in Mesa
reported the book stolen on May 28 and said it wasn't insured.
Helen Schlie says it's known throughout Mesa's Mormon community
that her store had an original copy.
     Police say the store owner knows Linford and he allegedly was in
the store at the time of the theft.
     Police say Linford is being held on $40,000 bond pending
extradition to Arizona.