Enid Police: Thieves steal 1,000 pound bell from church

Enid Police: Thieves steal 1,000 pound bell from church

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Authorities in Enid are investigating a theft of a 1,000 pound bell from a church that is worth $10,000.

The cast-iron bell was last seen at the New Hope United Methodist Church in the 600 block of N. Garland.  Police say sometime between November 23 and November 30, someone stole the bell from the church's parking lot.

Police say the thieves knew what they were doing when they took off with the church bell.

"It needs either several people or some sort of equipment to load it in the back of a pick-up truck or some sort of mechanical equipment to help lift it," said Lt. Eric Holtzclaw, with Enid Police Department.

According to the police report, the church had just received the bell and had to use a scissor lift to remove the bell from the truck that brought it to the church. The church said it had placed the bell on temporary cribbing until a permanent mount could be built. 

"We were in the process of re-establishing a location for a church bell that has been in our church's history 80 plus years," said Glen Howorth, a member of the church's board of trustees.

Howorth says New Hope acquired the bell when they merged with St. Luke's, and sold the property to Iglesia Cristiana El Shaddai.  

Related: Photos from the scene of the crime.

New Hope has a video system that may show the theft and church officials are working to get it to police.

According to police, the bell is three feet tall and three feet in diameter and has an estimated value of $10,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call Enid police at (580) 233-6233 or 911.

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