A parishioner noticed it was missing Sunday when he told everyone it wasn’t where it was supposed to be. Everyone realized they couldn’t remember seeing it for the last month. It must have been lifted by a crane and carted away by more than an average truck says police Inspector Brian Danker. Danker assumes it was stolen earlier but no one can remember exactly the last time they saw it. The bell is 5,300 pounds and 5 feet bigger than the Liberty Bell. The bell was made of 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin records show. If the bell is melted it’s worth about 75,000 dollars, it originally cost the church 17,000 dollars.
The church is offering a reward for anyone who helps return the bell or catch the thieves. The church isn’t sure if they can afford another and even if they replace the bell it wouldn’t be as special as the original one.
By Asiana Duong