2,000-pound theft rings a bell
SAINT-RAYMOND, Que. — Officials in a town northwest of Quebec City say they’re puzzled as to how someone managed to steal its 2,000pound bell.
Saint-Raymond spokeswoman Genevieve Faucher said the bell has been owned by the town since 1904 and was used to alert it when there was a fire.
When the town hall was rebuilt, the bell was relocated and used as a monument in front of the new city hall and fire hall.
Officials noticed Monday it was missing and believe it was stolen sometime last weekend by thieves thinking they could sell it for scrap metal.
Faucher said it likely took specialized equipment to steal the bell as the grass and flower beds surrounding it were untouched. The city hall bell sits in the City of Saint-Raymond — before it was stolen from the Quebec town sometime last weekend.
“It was done quickly and well,” Faucher said.
Saint-Raymond is about 60 km northwest of Quebec City.