CLEVELAND (AP) — A man with a drug problem has been placed on probation for two years for stealing five large brass bells from a northeast Ohio church.
Judge Jose Villanueva in Cleveland sentenced 34-year-old Brian Diamond of Columbia Station on Wednesday on his guilty plea to charges including theft.
The bells, worth more than $5,000, were stolen last summer from in front of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Olmsted Falls. The bells were imported from Russia six years ago and were a memorial gift from a parishioner.
According to The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/10fnO5M ), Diamond's attorney said the bells were stolen to finance a drug habit. The judge ordered drug treatment.
The bells were sold for scrap for $341. The dealer called police when he heard about the theft.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com