DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A half-ton church bell swiped from outside a church in Detroit–may have been recovered.

A 100-year-old brass bell, weighing between 500 and 1,000 pounds was stolen from the grounds of the church on Canfield and Russell – a bell very similar to the one stolen was purchased recently in Algonac.

The pastor of the Sweetest Heart of Mary parish, Father Darrell Roman tells WWJ’s Beth Fisher, that if someone bought the bell he hopes they will return it to the church, since it was stolen.

Officials believe a lock was cut on a fence that surrounds the church grounds Thursday night or early Friday morning.

The bell was displayed in a brick-and-concrete platform. It’s been at Sweetest Heart of Mary since 2005 after decades at two other churches that closed.

He also says it’s sad that someone would steal from a church for a couple hundred dollars.



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