The Orthodox Church in America (OCA) website reports that six brass and bronze bells -- stolen on April 16, 2010 from the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Cumberland, Rhode Island -- were recovered yesterday (April 22, 2010), after two scrap metal yards tipped off police.
The largest bell -- weighing between 1200 and 1500 pounds -- had been cut into several pieces, while the other bells' inscriptions had been defaced in an obvious effort to conceal their origins.
Police arrested James Haselton, 32, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, who allegedly sold the bells at scrap yards in Lincoln and Woonsocket. Police said another arrest is possible.
Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais said, "Bronze scrap can sometimes fetch $1.75 per pound." He added that police believe the theft was motivated by money.