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March 7, 2013

Bible stolen from car in McAlester

McALESTER — A Tannehill woman has been desperately searching the streets of McAlester, looking for a 40 year-old family Bible she said had been stolen from her mother’s car on Sunday.

Carol Painter said her mother, Bette Ardrey, 85, attended church last Sunday in McAlester, then later drove to Country Mart to buy a few items. Like she always does, her mother had taken her Bible with her to church that day, Painter said.

When Ardrey stopped at the store, she automatically started to get out the vehicle carrying her purse and her Bible. “She realized she didn’t need the Bible and put it back in the car seat,” Painter said.

The Bible, in a carrying case, or cover, with a handle, was the only thing in the front seat, she said. “Her car is immaculate,” Painter said. “There was nothing else inside.” Ardrey went inside the store, Painter said, At some point, an employee saw a car outside with the front door wide open and called the police, Painter said.

That car turned out to Ardrey’s vehicle. When Ardrey returned to her car, she found her Bible had been taken. Painter said her mother has been saddened at the loss of the Bible.

In addition to family mementos, such as bookmarks and photographs, it also has detailed notes next to Bible passages she has heard ministers speak on during years of faithfully attending church.

In an effort to find the Bible, Painter has driven along city streets and even looked into dumpsters, on the chance that whoever took it tossed it aside once the case had been opened.

She figures whoever took it from the car probably looked at the case, or cover for the Bible, and figured it was a purse. Ardrey spoke to the News-Capital on Tuesday about her loss. “I miss my Bible,” Ardrey said.

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