Suspect in Monroe church bell theft arrested

Suspect in Monroe church bell theft arrested

Credit: Monroe Police Dept.

Pieces of a bell stolen from St. Mary of the Valley Catholic Church in Monroe. They were found at a recycling center.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM

MONROE, Wash. – Police have arrested a Snohomish woman in the theft of a large bell stolen from St. Mary of the Valley Catholic Church in Monroe.

Monroe police say investigators learned a recycling business in Woodinville had received 320 pounds of brass pieces last month. Church officials identified the pieces as remnants of the bell.

The bell allegedly had been sawed into smaller pieces and the raised lettering was grounded down to disguise it. It’s believed the pieces represent half the bell. It’s unknown where the rest of it is.

Police say two men and a woman brought the bell to the recycling business. The woman wanted to be paid cash, but the business instead wrote a check for $715.20.

Detectives tracked down the 34-year-old woman Wednesday. She allegedly told them she had a business that accepted scrap metal to take to recycling businesses. In return, she kept 10 percent of the profit. She claimed she didn’t know who brought her the bell and didn’t know it was stolen.

The woman was booked for trafficking and possession of stolen property.

Detectives say there may be more arrests in the future.

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