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300-Pound Bell Stolen From Front of Former Local Church

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WHEELING - One local man is looking for an antique bell that once sat in front of a local church that has now been converted into a photo studio.

Neal Warren, who is offering a $250 reward for any information that leads to the safe return of the bell, said he noticed the bell was gone on Sunday. It has been around since before 1926, when the church was built.

Warren said he believes the bell was probably taken to be used as scrap or to be sold to an antique dealer. While there are no indications of who may have taken the bell, Warren believes several people may have been involved because it weighs more than 300 pounds.

The hope is for the bell to be returned and for charges to be filed against the people involved with taking it.   

If you have any information on the crime you are asked to call the anonymous Lauttamus Security Crime Fighters tip line at 1-800-223-0312.