Police searched yesterday (June 1, 2012) for clues to the theft of a rare, first-edition copy of "The Book of Mormon" -- valued at $100,000 -- that was reported stolen from a suburban Phoenix, Arizona bookstore over the Memorial Day weekend, the Reuters website reports today.
The authorities said they were in the early stages of an investigation into the disappearance of the 1830 leather-bound volume, which its owner said has become a must-see artifact for young Mormons worldwide before embarking on church missions.
"At this time, we have no specific information of the whereabouts of the book," said Detective Steve Berry, a Mesa, Arizona police spokesman.
"The Book of Mormon" is a foundational, holy text of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 588-page book -- which has been missing since May 28 -- is one of only 5,000 copies ever printed , said its owner, bookstore owner and proprietor Helen Schlie.