2,000-pound theft rings a bell

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press — The Cana­dian Press

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.

DE­NIS BARIBAULT/CITY OF SAINT-RAY­MOND

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