Two German nuns took the law into their own hands and recovered a picture of the Virgin Mary stolen from their Franciscan hospital, police said Tuesday.

The engraving vanished Saturday and Sisters Georgia and Isabella decided not to leave the case just to the police.


"The two nuns took a car and scoured the local area on Sunday morning," said a police spokesman. "They got lucky and found the picture at a flea market."

"When the seller asked for 500 euros they said they would have to ring to get someone to bring the money. Instead they called the police," he said.

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