Thursday, January 17, 2008

Stolen Buddha

Shambala Retreat, Findhorn Bay Scotland

A three foot high gold Buddha statue has been stolen from Shambala Retreat a spiritual center in Findhorn Bay. It is understood to have been taken sometime between 11pm on Wednesday 9 January and 8.30am the following day.

"Police think that we are probably targeted by professional thieves," said Shambala's spokes woman. Police said that it would have taken at least two people with a car to carry away the heavy object, which is a female depiction of the Buddha of Compassion. She in the sitting position, with her right hand resting on her right leg, her arm raised in front of her body and golden flowers raised behind each shoulder, wearing a gold tiara with gold leaves.

Police have appealed for anyone who might have seen anything. Anyone with any information, or who is offered any large religious statues for sale, should contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700 or call the confidential Crimestoppers freephone 0800 555111.

Forres Gazette

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