Bell Stolen from Buddhist Temple in Tacoma

January 30, 2005

Source: USA Today

Wire Service: AP

On January 30, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "it would have taken a forklift to move the 3,000-pound copper bell stolen recently from a Vietnamese Buddhist temple [in Tacoma, WA]. But the bell and its hand-carved wooden frame — together 12 feet tall — disappeared sometime between Jan. 18 and Monday, said Thich Phuoc Toan, the abbot at the temple, who was attending a gathering in Florida. The bell and frame were suspended from the heavy beams of an open-sided meditation pavilion."