July 16, 2008

Church Bells Stolen for Scrap

A small village in northeast Hungary is trying to find three stolen church bells before scrap metal dealers destroy them.

The bells, weighing more than 535 pounds, were removed from the church belfry apparently for their copper content, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported Wednesday.

Mayor Zoltan Kalo of Csernely, Hungary, says the village of 1,000 will never be able to afford to replace the bells.

Metal thefts are a major problem in Hungary even though parliament has made it harder for scrap metal dealers to accept items they know have been stolen.

Last week thieves broke into a training school for seeing-eye dogs and stole every metal object, including an obstacle course needed to teach the dogs how to lead.