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Stolen Mark Twain plaque returned to his NY burial site

September 15, 2015

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a plaque stolen from author Mark Twain’s final resting place in an upstate New York cemetery is back where it belongs.

The Star-Gazette of Elmira reports (http://stargaz.tt/1URBhNj ) the 15-pound bronze plaque depicting Twain was stolen from Elmira’s Woodlawn Cemetery between late December 2014 and early January.

Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Ruland was sentenced last month to serve six months in prison for the theft.

Police say they don’t know Ruland’s motive and that there was no evidence the Elmira man tried to sell it. The plaque was valued at $3,000.

The plaque has been reinstalled on Twain’s 12-foot granite monument, which was damaged during the theft.

Twain wrote many of his famous works during summers in Elmira. He’s interred in the family plot of his wife, Olivia Langdon.

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Information from: Star-Gazette, http://www.stargazette.com

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