MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested a man in the theft of a first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon from an Arizona bookstore.
Mesa police said Tuesday that the FBI and U.S. Marshal's Service served a search warrant on the Washington, D.C., apartment of Jay Linford and recovered the rare 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. Police say Linford is known to the store owner and he allegedly was in the store at the time of the theft.
Helen Schlie says it's well-known throughout Mesa's Mormon community that her store had an original copy.
Police say Linford is being held on $40,000 bond pending extradition to Arizona.
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