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Alleged Mark Twain grave plaque bandit revealed
Alleged Mark Twain grave plaque bandit revealed

Daniel M. Ruland, 32, of Elmira, N.Y., has been arrested and charged in the theft of Mark Twain's plaque from his grave. The plaque, which bears Mark Twain's likeness, was reported missing on Jan. 2. It had been mounted high on a 12-foot-tall grave marker and is thought to have been removed in December. Acting on a tip, police made contact with occupants of a vehicle leaving Ruland's residence just before midnight Friday. The plaque was in the vehicle, and is now in police custody. As for its condition, Elmira Police Capt. Joseph Kane told the Star-Gazette, "I didn't see it beforehand. It may be bent slightly." Police have charged Ruland with petit...

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