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Stolen bell returned to Buddhist temple

The News Tribune, Nov 24, 2006

TACOMA, Washington (USA) -- A 3,000-pound copper bell that was stolen from Tacomas Vietnamese Buddhist temple last year was returned this week.
The bell was delivered back to the temple on 72nd Street East. It was intact and had no visible damage.

However, temple abbot Thich Puuoc Toan told the News Tribune that the bell's hand-carved wooden frame was damaged and needs to be replaced before it can be used in special ceremonies again.

The bell and frame was suspended from the heavy beams of an open-sided meditation pavilion when it disappeared in January 2005.


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