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Buddhist Altars Returned to White River Buddhist Temple in 1964

Original Issue Date: Mar. 7, 1964

Translated by

The North American Post Staff

Last summer, White River Buddhist Temple in Auburn had a burglary and lost all of its Buddhist altars while the church was closed due to a busy farming season.

According to the Auburn Glove News on Feb. 20, two burglars were arrested thanks to an effort by the Auburn Police Department, and all the stolen items were returned to the church.

The newspaper reported that two men burglarized the temple three times during the summer with a pickup truck, and kept hiding at two houses in Seattle  and a sculpture studio in Federal Way. One man calling himself as a physicist is from Kentucky and a part time sculptor. Another calling himself a sculptor is from California.

The stolen Buddhist altars were confirmed as temple belongings by President Frank Natsuhara, but they will be kept by the police department until the trial is completed.

The White River Buddhist Temple members are so pleased and thankful with the return as the altars can be placed in the new hall, which will be soon dedicated.

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Minami Hasegawa is an exchange student at Seattle University from Sophia University in Tokyo. She majors in journalism and interns at the North American Post. Born and raised in Tokyo, her stay in Seattle is her first experience away from home. (Profile is as of April 2018)