St. Mary’s Cathedral 2-ton Bell $500,000 Stolen
October 25, 2011 by staff
St. Mary’s Cathedral 2-ton Bell $500,000 Stolen, A history of 2 tons of bell has been stolen from the garden of the Cathedral of St. San Francisco, Mary, police said. The bell, the size of the Liberty Bell disappeared from the cathedral and the streets Gough Geary sometime during the last month, said police Inspector Brian Danker.
“Nobody can swear on the Bible and say the last time I saw the bell,” he said.
Metal thieves are willing to sell the copper smelters, probably stole the bell and 500,000, Danker said. How is lifted or carried is not known. There are no security cameras in the area said.
“Metal theft is a bit of life, without scruples, and no-steal-metal-to-get-a job type of thing,” Danker said.
The bell was cast in 1889 by a foundry in Baltimore, Danker said. It hung in the old cathedral of Santa Maria in Van Ness Avenue until the church burned in 1962.
When the new cathedral was completed in 1970, the bell was mounted on a pole in the garden.
The cathedral is offering a reward for information leading to the return of the bell.
“My concern is not about making an arrest, but to get the bell back,” Danker said.
Anyone with information should call Danker (415) 614-3463 or (415) from 575 to 4.444. Anonymous information may also be sent a text message to TIP411, he said.
“This is a priceless artifact,” Danker said. “He’s a back with the parishioners.”
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