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  12/31/2012, Tevet 18, 5773

Turkey: 4 Arrested Trying to Sell Stolen Torah Scroll


Turkish police reported, Sunday, that they arrested four youths who tried to sell a stolen 500-year-old Torah to a local merchant.  The merchant was suspicious when the youths told him the book was 2,000 years old and called the police, who arrested the youths after faking negotiations.

Under interrogation, the youths said they had no idea it was a Torah scroll and were told about the book by their geography teacher. It was not known where the scroll came from. The police sent it for examination and to try to trace the owner.