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OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Police are investigating the theft of five church bells from St. Innocent Orthodox Church.

Father Bulter says the bells were stolen between 12:30 p.m and 7 p.m. Sunday from the church located at 8526 Usher Road.

According to Fr. Butler, someone stole the bells, which were embedded in a wooded frame in the front lawn of the church.

The wooden frame was sawed in half, releasing the brass bells which were imported from Russia. The bells had a total weight of approximately 300 lbs. and were worth thousands of dollars.

Neighbors reportedly witnessed a vehicle in the area that seemed suspicious.

Fr. Butler reported the theft and suspicious vehicle to Olmsted Township Police.

Article Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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