Stolen Torah returned to Phoenix synagogue

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A Torah that had been stolen from a Phoenix synagogue has found its way home.

On Tuesday, police asked for the public's help to find a Torah and several other religious items that were stolen from the Young Israel Synagogue of Phoenix near Seventh Street and Maryland Avenue.

Members of the temple realized the Torah had been stolen when they arrived at the synagogue Monday morning and found a vacant space within the ark where the holy scriptures are kept. The temple door reportedly had been broken open.

Rabbi Reuven Mann said the Torah is valued at around $35,000 but carries a much higher spiritual value.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos, the synagogue was able to retrieve the Torah Friday morning. No information was released about where the Torah was, who took it or how it was returned.

Martos said no arrests have been made and detectives are continuing to follow up on the case.