Suspects pay for stuffed bear stolen from bar

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - December 14, 2011

Tuesday's preliminary hearing was canceled when the men paid $8,722 in restitution to John El-Ayazra, the owner of Sam's Restaurant and the Eagle's Nest Bar in Uniontown where the 800-pound, 8-foot tall bear was stolen Sept. 18.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the owner's friend shot the bear 10 years ago while hunting in Russia and had it mounted and shipped to El-Ayazra as a gift.

The bear was a conversation piece and popular photo item for patrons. Its snout, jaw, claws and one arm were damaged when the men carried it down some stairs to a pickup truck.

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