TURNER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Turner is a town where the history is rich, and remembered.

To mark its bicentennial in 1986, town officials purchased a replica of the bell in the Woolen Mill, which burned down in 1905.

"It was just such a wonderful piece, and it was something we all treasured," said Selectman Ralph Caldwell.

Many in town are shocked and saddened at the possibility that the bell has been stolen for its metal.

Estimated to be worth $5,000, selectmen say the 300 pound brass bell went missing last week.

"It's irreplaceable, really," said Angelo Terreri, Board of Selectman Chair. "It's in the hearts of the people."

Terreri said it could be connected to recent metal thefts in the town's transfer station.

"That's income for the town. We can deal with that," he said. "This is different, it's special."

He said the board has put up a $500 dollar reward for the return of the bell,or information that leads to the suspect's apprehension.

State Police are investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Gray State Police barracks at 657-3030.

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