Arrest made in probe of stolen church bells

| April 21, 2010

CUMBERLAND, R.I.—An arrest has been made in connection with the theft of six church bells from a church in Cumberland.

Police said James Haselton, 32, of Lincoln, was arrested at his home on Monday and charged with receiving stolen goods.

Deputy Police Chief Michael Kinch said there was no immediate word on whether any of the bronze and brass bells – valued at about $100,000 – had been recovered. The largest of the bells weighs between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds.

The Rev. Vasily Lickwar, pastor of Holy Dormition Orthodox Church in Cumberland, reported the theft on Friday. He said when he arrived at the 102-year-old church that morning, he saw a man quickly getting into a van parked in the driveway.

It was not immediately known if Haselton had an attorney. He is being held without bail.

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