The Christian Post reports:
This past Sunday parishioners at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco discovered a big part of their church history was missing when they left 11 a.m. mass.
A 5,300-pound church bell, mounted on a concrete slab in the garden area, had disappeared and no one could remember when it was last seen.
“We cannot replace this historic and valuable item,” said George Wesolek, director of Communications and Public Policy for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, in a recent release. “Hopefully, the police will recover it, and we can put it back in its rightful place as a memory of the Catholic Church of San Francisco.”
The theft is still under investigation, and Police Inspector Brian Danker told The Christian Post Tuesday the incident isn’t something to be taken lightly. He said people are “stealing brass railings, copper gutters, chalices from churches, bells, whatever they can chop up and take to recycling yards that take brass and copper.” Not just gold and silver, but also industrial metals, have skyrocketed in price over the past few years.
He called thieves like this “metal monsters.” They typically target homes under construction with copper wirings. If they can get away with it, the price is good. The estimated replacement value for the bell is $75,000…