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2.7-ton bell stolen from San Francisco cathedral

October 26, 2011

A massive bell—viewed as a historic artifact because it had survived earthquake and fire for over a century--has been stolen from St. Mary’s cathedral in San Francisco.

The 5,330-pound bell had been placed in the cathedral in 1889. After the cathedral was destroyed by fire, the bell was placed on a platform outside the new cathedral building. Parishioners reported that it was missing on October 23; it is not clear when it was taken.

Police theorize that the bell was taken for the value of its metal. The thieves probably used a crane to hoist the bell onto a waiting truck, they suggest.

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 27, 2011 11:21 AM ET USA

    Someone please explain to me how this happened in a city that never sleeps.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Oct. 26, 2011 6:49 PM ET USA

    "The thieves probably used a crane to hoist the bell onto a waiting truck, they suggest." A very quiet crane, apparently.