Bell Bandits Strike Lutz Church


Lutz, Fla. (NewsRadio WFLA)-A bell that's been part of the history of a Lutz church for over a century is missing.

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office says between February 3 and February 24, the large church bell was stolen from Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 19501 Holly Lane in Lutz.

The bell has an inscription that reads "1903 Lakeland Cumberland Presbyterian Church." It was transported from the church's old location in Lakeland, where it sat from 1903-1924.

The bell was supported on a cast iron frame on the ground.

The suspect or suspects, unbolted the bell and removed it from the property. A brass memorial plate which read "In memory of Nancy White" was also stolen off of a tree located next to the bell.

Anyone with information about the bell or the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

In order to be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-tips (8477).

Photo credit: Hillsborough Sheriff's Office


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