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4/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
Police: Kingman church bell stolen
The St. Mary Catholic Church’s belfry stands empty after the bell was stolen recently. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
The St. Mary Catholic Church’s belfry stands empty after the bell was stolen recently. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Thieves stole the bell from the roof of St. Mary Catholic Church sometime over the last 10 days while renovation work was performed on the historic downtown house of worship.

Kingman Police are investigating the theft of the brass bell, which is two feet tall and 18 inches in diameter and weighs 120 pounds, according to Kingman Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki.

The theft was not immediately detected due to the construction work at the site at 309 Spring St. next to the Mohave County Superior Courthouse.

Police believe the thieves used a ladder. The contractor said his workers had no reason to remove the bell.

Silent Witness is offering a reward for information that leads to the apprehension of those responsible.

The recently refurbished bell rang at the church for decades.

It was loaned to a Catholic church in Bullhead City for a number of years until that church got its own bell and it returned to St. Mary's about 30 years ago.

Anyone with information can call Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234, the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-2191 or report online at www.kingmanpolice.com. Click on the Report a Tip icon.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Article comment by: buster brown

kingman is full of ding a lings. i hope the bell is found before it is scrapped and shipped to china.

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Elfako Denamo

"...sometime over the last 10 days..."

So I gather nobody was aware of the presence or absence of it at the job site of this construction project for that long? Hmmm. That makes it difficult. If it was my property I'd be having issues with my contractor, and so would that contractor's insurance carrier.

I don't get the "woe is Kingman" reaction. There's nothing at all uniquely Kingman about this. Not remotely. In cities and towns across the country tweakers and crackheads routinely steal any metal they have access to, and you'll find it happens daily in Las Vegas and Phoenix and Tucson and Denver and Sacramento and on and on. I've read press reports that southern California was having a big public safety problem because of the large regular daily volume of theft of public signage and guardrails. They will also cut out your car's catalytic converter if it is parked where they can get at it. Poorly supervised construction sites are a tweaker's candy store anywhere across the nation. It is news only because this town is relatively small, and this piece of metal happened to be attached to a church, An individual incident of metal theft like this wouldn't make the paper in Seattle or St Louis as it happens many times daily.


Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Fed up

Talk about low-lifes! What gutless morons. Of course, why wouldn't they? $200-300 or a slap on the wrist if they get caught? There's a much better punishment in store for them. Too bad they can't get it now!

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Someone Close And has Access

Look at the workers working on the building. Trust me on this. I watch the construction going on every day.

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I have never lived in a town that had religious items stolen, what a town Kingman is.

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

This is disgusting. Not a Catholic but went to school in the old Catholic schoolhouse and church next door as did dozens of my Dad's family.

For me, stealing a church bell seems especially disgusting. Let's hope AND PRAY it is found soon.

There was nothing more beautiful growing up here than Sunday mornings when two churches rang their bells and the entire downtown could hear it. One of those churches was the Catholic of course.


Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Just A. Citizen

Boy Mr.Obvious, that was crazy funny. (not)
That bell is gotta be going quite a distance if it's going to be sold for scrap. I hope Kingmans' super sleuths are on top of that.
I vote we (who are left uninfected) change their name from 'tweaker' to 'zombie' and treat them accordingly.


Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Harrison

sad

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: david dutcher

#1 start construction on church #2 leave ladders next to church #3 hundreds of criminals pass by for court next door #4 easy picken's

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: dv s

SICK....!

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Desert Rat

Stealing a church bell from the belfry. That is so low rent!

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: concerned citizen

With that new building going up right next to the church, it would have been very easy to climb up on the scaffolding the construction people left in place for several days. After doing that, they could have taken the bell.

I'm surprised they didn't have security overnight at the job site. There was a lot of construction equipment and other items that could have been vandalized and/or stolen.


Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Mr Obvious

Now that I think about it, seeing two people messing around there does ring a bell.

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: Do The Right Thing

If you know who did this you need to do the right thing. This church does much for the poor and disadvantage in out town. This is just plain wrong.

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Article comment by: not bad for an hour's work .....

depending upon the exact makeup, brass scrap goes for a little over two dollars per pound now, so the bell would fetch the druggie thieves a little over $250 - possibly considerably more if someone's looking for a nice church bell.

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Article comment by: Frances Perkins

Remember a few years ago a bell was stolen from the Little Red School House, where the City Court is now. It weighed two hundred pounds, and required a ladder, tools and multiple criminals. What scrap dealer would take a historic bell? This crime is equally obscene. Disgusting.

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Article comment by: Get

I didn't hear it ring this past Friday, but I believe I did hear it ring in it's belfry the Friday before last. Hope it is recovered REAL soon as it is important to us parishioners.



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