PICO RIVERA (CBS) — Apparently nothing is sacred anymore  — metal thieves have stolen a 200-pound brass bell from the front of a church in Pico Rivera.

The bell, which has hung beneath the sign in front of St. Marianna de Paredes Catholic Church, 7922 S. Passons Blvd. in Pico Boulevard, for decades was stolen sometime late last week, but the crime was not reported to the sheriff’s department until Tuesday, according to the Whittier Daily News.

The bell is valued at about $5,000, but also holds sentimental value to the church, the Daily News reported.

Thefts of fixtures, fittings for chandeliers and decorative elements were also stolen from Pasadena City Hall over the weekend, according to the Pasadena Sun.

Eleven ornamental pieces – known as finials – along with brass fittings for chandeliers and other materials were taken from Pasadena City Hall, which was built in 1927.


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