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Two jailed for Torah theft in Texas

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing a Torah scroll from a Texas synagogue.

Derrick Randall Nelms, 19, and James William Wilsford, 23, were taken into custody Oct. 30 by authorities in Sherman, according to KXII, a local CBS-affiliated television station.

The Torah scroll, valued at $40,000, remains missing from Temple Beth Emeth, a Reform synagogue in Sherman. The theft is not being considered a hate crime.

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