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Thieves pay $8,000 to repair stuffed bear stolen from Pa. bar

Stuffed 800 lb. bear (that's the hairy brown mammal in the middle) has been returned to the Uniontown, Pa. bar where it was stolen from in Sept. 2011 Eagle Nest Bar/CBS Pittsburgh

(CBS/AP) UNIONTOWN, Pa. - Seven men each paid more than $1,000 to repair a stuffed bear they were accused of damaging when it was stolen from a southwestern Pennsylvania bar.

In exchange, the judge in the case dismissed the theft charges against the men.

Tuesday's preliminary hearing was canceled when the men paid a total of $8,722 in restitution to 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 him as a gift.

The bear has been a conversation piece and popular photo item for patrons. It was damaged when the thieves carried it down some stairs to a pickup truck.

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