Strawberry Creek Buddha brings more blessings

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Rodney Williams (left, holding Buddha) and Ian Scott (rear with cap), owners of the Strawberry Creek Inn B&B, were visited by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation of San Dimas, Monday, Jan. 6. They had learned about the Buddha’s theft and came to present Buddha’ to Williams, Scott and another.           Photo by Holly Owens

Rodney Williams (left, holding Buddha) and Ian Scott (rear with cap), owners of the Strawberry Creek Inn B&B, were visited by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation of San Dimas, Monday, Jan. 6. They had learned about the Buddha’s theft and came to present Buddha’ to Williams, Scott and another. Photo by Holly Owens

News of the theft and eventual return of the Strawberry Creek Inn Buddha covered by the Town Crier in the Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 issues made newspapers and online outlets across the country. Inn owners Ian Scott and Rodney Williams are amazed by the response the story has received.

As reported previously, the Buddha was taken on Dec. 14 and the thief, at the insistence of a parent, returned the Buddha to the inn on Dec. 23. The Buddha was apparently given as a gift to the grandparent.

Williams was surprised when representatives of the Tzu Chi Foundation in San Dimas showed up at the inn. “They came out about a week ago and just showed up one day,” he said. “A member had seen the article in the paper and they were touched by my willingness to be forgiving and compassionate, and also by the person who had the [the thief] bring the Buddha back,” Williams said. “They took photos, left books for our rooms and then left.”

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