Investigators in the Halifax Regional Police/RCMP Integrated General Investigative Section have charged two more suspects in relation to the theft of bells from a Halifax church.
On April 8, police were called to investigate a break and enter at St. John’s United Church located at 6225 Willow Street. Officers learned that the church was broken into and three bells were stolen. Given the size and weight of the bells, considerable effort would have been needed to remove them from the premises.
Yesterday, investigators assigned to the HRP/RCMP General Investigation Section arrested 39-year-old Robert Edwin Eisener of Halifax and 45-year-old Ralph Bernard Hughes of Dartmouth. Both were held in custody overnight and will appear in Halifax Provincial Court later today to face charges of possession of stolen property, break and enter and trafficking in property obtained by crime. A 46-year-old Conrod Settlement man was arrested on April 9 and face charges in relation to this incident. He will appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date.
Officers located portions of the church bells, which had been broken, and they continue to look for the remaining pieces.
The investigation continues and police ask that anyone with information about this incident contacts police at 490-5016 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.