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Missing Cross Returned to Pastor

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    Missing cross returned to pastor Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - By David Chircop http://www.mercedsun-star.com A 10-foot-tall cross was returned to a thankful
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      Missing cross returned to pastor

      Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - By David Chircop

      http://www.mercedsun-star.com

      A 10-foot-tall cross was returned to a thankful Rev. David Thatcher
      of St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church Tuesday, after it was stolen
      earlier this month.

      The cross, which was taken sometime after Jan. 1, was found at a
      Caraway Court residence in Merced, after a student told a Merced High
      School resource officer that he or she knew the location of the
      cross.

      Jeff Coburn, a detective with the Merced County Sheriff's Department,
      eventually interviewed a juvenile who had possession of the cross at
      his parents' home.

      According to the student who had the cross in the yard, the cross was
      discovered when the family returned home one day. The house had also
      been "toilet papered" said Coburn.

      The hefty Orthodox cross was erected at 171 E. Old Lake Road, where
      the local parishioners hope to build a new church.
      The cross was carved by deacon Brad Matthews of Kingsburg, one of
      Thatcher's good friends.

      Coburn said the family members apparently didn't know what to do with
      the cross that was found on their lawn. He said they called some
      churches and considered writing the newspaper.

      It does not appear that they called the authorities.
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