Christmas Theft in Nashville: The 'Nun Bun' Is Missing

A draw for curious tourists since 1996, a preserved cinnamon bun bearing resemblance to Mother Teresa was reported stolen on Christmas. The shop owner said no ransom note has been found.
A draw for curious tourists since 1996, a preserved cinnamon bun bearing resemblance to Mother Teresa was reported stolen on Christmas. The shop owner said no ransom note has been found. (By Mandy Lunn -- Nashville Tennessean Via Associated Press)
Reuters
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

NASHVILLE, Dec. 26 -- Nashville police and residents were searching Monday for clues to the Christmas Day theft of a cinnamon bun that found unlikely fame for its resemblance to the late Mother Teresa's face.

The bun has been a draw for curious tourists since it was preserved and put on display in a glass case at the shop where it was discovered by a customer in 1996.

"What I can't figure out is why anyone would steal it," said the shop's owner, Bob Bernstein. "They can't sell it on eBay, it's not fit to eat, there was no ransom note, and the police put its value at only $25 on their report."

Bernstein said the thief broke into the coffeehouse at 6 a.m. Sunday and smashed the glass case containing the bun, ignoring cash nearby.

Before her death in 1997, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa wrote to Bernstein asking that her name not be used commercially. The pastry became known simply as the "Nun Bun."


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