$15k copper incense holder stolen from Sacramento Buddhist temple

Kim Quang Buddhist Temple in Sacramento, CA, recently realized that an important ceremonial item — a $15,000 copper incense holder weighing 1,000 pounds — had been stolen from their location. Members believe it to be the work of copper thieves. This is not the first time thieves have paid Kim Quang Buddhist Temple a visit, as members say that parts of the incense holder had started going missing about a month ago. The incense holder, a museum-quality piece imported from Vietnam a decade ago, had been bought with sangha donations.

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