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Stupid Case File for July 1, 2006

Ten Commandments? Stolen? Isn't the 8th Commandment ...

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Thieves disobeyed the eighth commandment when they stole a 3-foot concrete pillar listing the Ten Commandments from Sharon Bennett's yard.

Bennett noticed the concrete Ten Commandments pillar missing from her yard Wednesday at 1013 Shoreham in the Hamptons subdivision off Memorial Boulevard.

"I feel sorry for whoever did it," Bennett said. "They obviously don't have many values and must be lost. I don't know why somebody would do that."

She cried while describing the emotional loss.

"It's my faith. I'm very upset. I'm hurting."

She installed the concrete 3-foot high by 3-foot wide Ten Commandments three years ago at the bottom of the flag pole. Cost was about $200. The patriotic woman decorated the flag pole and Ten Commandments with red, white and blue stars during holidays.

"I'm very patriotic," Bennett said, adding her son, Joshua Daniel Bennett, 20, is presently in boot camp at Fort Jackson, S.C., for the U.S. Army Reserve. He has not been deployed for active duty.

Bennett described herself as a Christian and member of Northside Baptist Church. She served as a missionary in Singapore.

She has no idea who stole the heavy concrete commandments sometime after Tuesday night. Small children could not have moved it because of the size and weight.

Neighbor Pam Kowalski said older children out of school might have taken the Ten Commandments. She hasn't noticed anyone suspicious in the neighborhood.

Bennett does a good job in decorating the flag pole and Ten Commandments during holidays, Kowalski said.

"It's too bad that it happened," Kowalski said. "Maybe somebody will return it."

She planned to comfort Bennett.

Bennett appealed to the thieves to return the priceless Ten Commandments.

"I forgive them. I just wish they didn't do it."


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