A cherished church bell stolen from the Great Brak River are earlier this month has been recovered in a junkyard in George.
The 45-year-old bell was taken from the United Reformed Church in Great Brak River near Mossel Bay at the beginning of February. It was installed at the church in 1976 and is valued at R70 000. The church itself was founded in 1953.
The church services communities between Tergniet, Hersham, Gonnakraal, Sorgfontein, Vlakte, Langhoek and Voorbrug. According to its websites, it has 1400 members.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Lauriane Botha said the police investigation into the incident led them to a junkyard in George. The bell was sold for R476, well below its value.
Botha said the owner of the yard will be charged with possession of stolen goods. No arrests for the theft have been made and the investigation continues.