Man accused of stealing bell from outside historic church

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The bell of justice may be tolling for one north Mississippi man.

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Major Alan Wilburn tells The Oxford Eagle 33-year-old Michael Lippert was arrested Monday arrested on grand larceny charges, accused of stealing a historic church bell.

It’s unclear if Lippert has a lawyer or has seen a judge.

The bell, which stands outside the Sand Springs Presbyterian Church in rural Lafayette County, was reported stolen over the weekend. Deputies on Monday posted a picture of the recovered bell, which sits on the ground mounted to a masonry stand.

Wilburn didn’t say how Lippert would have managed to remove the bell or why he might have wanted to take it.

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