5 South Koreans arrested in Japan on suspicion of stealing ancient Buddha statue

November 25, 2014 12:00 PM

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5 South Koreans arrested in Japan on suspicion of stealing ancient Buddha statue

This undated photo released by Tsushima City Board of Education shows a Buddha statue in Tsushima, western Japan. Four South Korean men were arrested on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in Nagasaki prefecture, southwestern Japan, on suspicion of stealing the Buddha statue from Bairinji Buddhist temple in the area, according to local media. The four suspects were reportedly found in possession of a stolen copper Buddha statue about 10 centimeters (4 inches) high, reports said. Bairinji temple priest discovered that the temple room had been broken into on Monday afternoon and alerted police. Police found the suspects at a nearby harbor, in possession of the missing statue. (AP Photo/Tsushima City Board of Education) (The Associated Press)

TOKYO – Five South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Tuesday.

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