Brazen thieves stole a 650-pound bronze bell from a Queens church - and parishioners fear the antique will be sold off as scrap metal.
The bell, crafted in 1888 for the Blessed Virgin Mary's Help of Christians Church in Woodside, was on display outside the house of worship while the parish prepared to move it to a garden.
"People are so upset over it," the Rev. Brendan Duggan told the Daily News. "I contacted all the scrap yards around."
Bronze sells for roughly $1.90 a pound at city scrap yards - giving the bell a street value of nearly $1,250.
It's worth far more to worshipers in Woodside.
"It's part of our heritage," said Duggan, 61.
Thieves steal 650-pound bronze bell from Woodside church
It seems to be a trend to steal bells from Queens churches. However, in the case of St. Saviour's, the bell was stolen by civil servants. Might want to check with your local firehouse.