ELMIRA, N.Y. – A 32-year-old man has been charged with stealing a bronze likeness of author Mark Twain from a cemetery in upstate New York.
Elmira police held a news conference Tuesday to announce the arrest of Daniel Ruland. Police say they acted on a tip Friday night and recovered the missing plaque from a vehicle leaving Ruland's Elmira residence.
The 17-by-17-inch plaque was reported missing from a granite monument at Twain's gravesite on Jan. 2.
Local media report Ruland had no comment as he left Elmira City Court Tuesday afternoon. He was sent to Chemung County Jail on $600 bail.
Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. He summered for 20 years at Quarry Farm in Elmira and is buried in the family plot of his wife, Olivia Langdon.