Karma? Crook returns stolen Buddha to S. Cal inn

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Updated: 12/22/2013 1:51 am

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Perhaps the thief was worried about bad karma.

Whatever the reason, a Buddha statue that was stolen from a Southern California inn has been returned.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the cross-legged statue vanished on Dec. 12 from in front of the Strawberry Creek Inn in Idyllwild.

The Buddha had been a familiar presence since Rodney Williams and Ian Scott bought the inn nearly a decade ago.

They didn't expect to see the statue again but news of the theft traveled fast.

Williams says someone recognized the Buddha and urged its return. He says on Dec. 18, the crook brought it back, looked him in the eye and confessed.

Williams won't say who took the statue and he's still deciding what actions to take.

Meanwhile, he's overjoyed at its return.


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