Book of Mormon stolen in Ariz. recovered in D.C.

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, June 12 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

Helen Schlie holds her first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon and one of the framed pages from the book in her bookstore in Mesa, Ariz.

Cecily Markland

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MESA, Ariz. — Federal authorities have arrested a man in the theft of a rare first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon from a bookstore in a Phoenix suburb.

Police in Mesa, Ariz., 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 owner of Rare and Out of Print Books and Art in Mesa reported the book stolen 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.

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