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article imageBell of sunken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia stolen

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 15, 2012 in World
To add insult to injury, the Costa Concordia, the sunken cruise ship off the Italian island of Giglio, had it's bell stolen. Whoever managed the theft evaded an elaborate system of lasers to make off with the bell.
On Thursday, Franco Gabrielli, Italy's national official for search and salvage, said the bell had been missing for days, possibly longer, and was taken off a submerged deck. In addition to the laser systems there is also round the clock surveillance by the Italian Coast Guard and Gabrielli said it is believed that the theft was the job of more than one person.
Costa Concordia bell theft: a "morbid memento"
There is speculation the bell was stolen as a memento. "I can only guess that someone took it as a sort of morbid memento," the mayor of Giglio, Sergio Ortelli, told a Reuters reporter. How anyone not connected to the operations could have managed to get to the bell and extract it was not speculated upon. There's been no official weight given to the bell, Gabrielli simply said that it was very heavy.
The ship went down on Jan. 13 and of the 4200 passengers and crew onboard it is believed that 32 of them died; to date there have been 25 bodies recovered. The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino is under house arrest at his home near Naples and is being charged with various offences related to the tragedy.
While the missing bell is believed stolen, there is a statue of Madonna from the Costa Concordia that was onboard that was taken by divers and given to the church in Giglio, where it now resides.
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