Man accused of stealing bell from outside historic Oxford, MS 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.

The church, established in 1854, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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