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200-year-old torah scroll stolen from Denver school

DENVER (AP) — A 200-year-old torah that was kept safe under communist and Nazi rule in eastern Europe has been stolen from a religious school.

The torah, valued at $35,000, was taken from a locked cabinet at the Talmudic Research Institute in east Denver. It was discovered missing Tuesday and apparently was stolen within the past month.

Police had no suspects, and there was no evidence that anyone had broken into the cabinet, Detective Mike Greer said.

The scroll, which contains the five books of Moses written on parchment, was a gift from Dimitri Gershongorin, whose Ukraine grandfather had protected it for years. At one time, the grandfather, a tinsmith, hid it inside a tin box in a potato cellar.