Authorities recover stolen Hindu statue

CAPSHAW, Ala. (AP) - Limestone County investigators have recovered one of two giant statues of winged demigods stolen from the entrance to a Hindu Temple in Capshaw.

Limestone Sheriff's Capt. Stanley McNatt says a man was mowing a
field about a mile from the temple when he discovered the yard-tall, black granite statue Friday. McNatt says authorities believe the thieves had abandoned the statue with plans to return.

Authorities believe the theft occurred at the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama on the evening of June 4.

Temple officials say the statues are images of Lord Jaya and Lord Vijaya. It was unclear Monday which of the two had been found.

Bhagabat Sahu, the founding chairman of the board of the temple, says the hand-carved statues could be worth as much as $50,000 on the market.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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