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800-pound mounted bear found

Sept. 22, 2011 at 4:00 AM

UNIONTOWN, Pa., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The owner of a Pennsylvania bar where an 800-pound mounted grizzly bear was stolen said police have found the bear and identified suspects.

John El-Ayazra, owner of Sam's Restaurant and the Eagle's Nest bar on Morgantown Street in Uniontown, said a man involved with the Sunday morning theft turned himself in to police Tuesday night and told them where they could find the bear, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday.

"They admitted to it," El-Ayazra said. "They have it. It's now a matter of how much they'll have to pay to fix it."

Police said they know the location of the bear but El-Ayazra said it has not yet been returned to the bar.

El-Ayazra said one of his customers spotted a group of three or more men wheel the bear across the second-floor outdoor deck and down a set of wooden stairs at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He said the men fled when questioned and the bear was placed against a side door for temporary safekeeping.

However, El-Ayazra said his daughter, Tina Senda, found the bear was missing at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the bear's base was damaged in the theft and its mouth was damaged when it was brought down the stairs. The 8-foot mount is worth $10,000, El-Ayazra said.

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