Man Charged in Theft, Burning of Antique Bible

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- A 22-year-old southeast Michigan man faces a hearing in connection with the theft and burning of a 153-year-old Bible.

Ronald Huskins II of Blissfield is charged with breaking and entering, larceny and arson.

The large Bible and ceremonial ornaments were taken during a July 20, 2011 burglary at the Palmyra Masonic Temple.

Temple secretary Eldon Clingaman told the newspaper that the Bible had been used at each monthly meeting and ceremony of the Palmyra Masons since its 1866 charter. The Bible is believed to have been printed in 1859.

Investigators were told the stolen Bible was placed in an old refrigerator and burned.

Huskins was arraigned Thursday in Lenawee County District Court. His next hearing is Nov. 19.


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