Ever since a weekend fire ripped through the 180-year-old Bevin Brothers bell factory in East Hampton, local residents have talked about the blow to the community. Now, on top of that — a second blow.
Police sergeant Garritt Kelly says about 15-hundred pounds of bells salvaged from the ruins have been stolen, apparently taken for sale as scrap.
The bells disappeared sometime in the overnight period of May 28th or the morning of the 29th. They’re described as blackened with soot from the fire. All are handbells, the type used by the Salvation Army in its Christmas Kettle campaigns.
Police are reaching out to local scrap metal dealers, and ask anyone with information to call East Hampton Police at 860-267-9922.