Suspect in Church Bells Theft, Assaulted Officer, Escaped Police
On Monday evening Diamond tried selling the church bells as scrap metal to D & B Auto Wrecking in Columbia Station. The auto wrecking company took Diamond’s contact information and then called police.
Olmsted Twp. Police Chief John Minek says Diamond had been charged with felony theft. He is now also facing charges of escape and assault on a police officer.
The bells were stolen from an area in the back of St. Innocent Orthodox Church on Usher road in Olmsted Township.
The imported bells were used to call people to worship at the beginning of every service and children would pull the bells or hit them with mallets to make music.
The bells were donated by a parishioner six years ago. The imported Russian bells cost more than $5,500 and weigh 60 to 70 pounds each.
Diamond is currently being held in the Cuyahoga County jail awaiting his initial court appearance on the charges.