Sheboygan man accused of stealing church bells

Posted Friday, November 22, 2013 --- 12:48 p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man has been charged with stealing bells from his church and pawning them.

Sheboygan Press Media reports 57-year-old David A. Neese was an elder at Sheboygan First Presbyterian Church.

A criminal complaint accuses him of taking four cases of hand bells valued at $10,500 from the church and pawning them. The bells went missing in April.

Church officials say a California man contacted them this month after buying two cases of bells on eBay and finding the church's name on labels. Police say they traced the bells to a Minnesota pawn shop. Other bells were found at an Appleton pawn shop.

Neese was charged Thursday with one count of felony theft. A working telephone number for him couldn't be found.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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