Stolen church bells recovered, suspect tries to flee

3:10 PM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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OLMSTED TOWNSHIP -- Five brass bells stolen from an Olmsted Township church have been recovered after police say a man tried to sell them for scrap.

Police have taken Brian D. Diamond into custody and charged him with felony theft.  Diamond tried to run earlier this afternoon while being transported for medical care.  Police re-arrested him a short time later.

The bells, imported from Russia, were taken from St. Innocent Orthodox Church on Usher Road sometime during the afternoon or early evening of August 26.

The bells, which were displayed on a wooden stand outside the church entrance, were valued at $6,000.

Last night, police received a call from the owner of D&B Auto Wrecking in Columbia Station. The owner told police a man had brought some brass bells to scrap for money. The owner says as soon as he saw the bells he was immediately suspicious that they were stolen.

The owner required the man to produce identification and later called police.  Using the identification obtained by the owner, officers identified Diamond.

The bells were recovered from the salvage owner.

WKYC-TV

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