500-pound bell stolen from Beaver Co. church

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HOOKSTOWN, Pa. —

Authorities are looking for whoever stole a 500-pound bell from a Beaver County church over the weekend.
 
According to police, a large brass bell was taken from Frankfort Presbyterian Church on state Route 18 sometime Friday or Saturday.
 
The church’s pastor told Channel 11’s Brittny McGraw that she noticed the bell was missing Saturday morning. She said there were tire tracks near the bell, so it appears as if someone drove up to it and loaded it in a truck.
 
McGraw reported the same bell was stolen about two years ago, but it was recovered when two men took it to a scrap yard.
 
"Ended up being recovered a few days later in East Liverpool, Ohio, at Six Recycling," said the Rev. Allison Bauer.
 
Just like last time, the church has filed a report with state police and notified recycling centers and scrap yards in the area.  They’ve also posted on Facebook.
 
"We're hoping that we did it right the first time and we're doing it right the second time, and it will be returned,” said Bauer.
 
Anyone with information on the stolen bell is asked to contact police.