DETROIT -

Thieves struck a Detroit church and swiped a brass bell that's more than 100-years-old. The bell belongs to Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church. Officials believe a lock was cut on a fence that surrounds the church grounds Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Bell stolen from Detroit church

~The bell was displayed in a brick-and-concrete platform~

It's been at Sweetest Heart of Mary since 2005 after decades at two other churches that closed.

Maintenance director Dennis Felcyn said the bell may have been located at an antique shop in Algonac. Bill Smith, the owner of Henry H. Smith and Co., told Local 4 he recently purchased a large bell for around $800.

The church has not been in contact yet with the shop owner but the pastor at Sweetest Heart of Mary saw a photo of the bell at the shop, and says he is 99.9 percent sure it's their bell.

The pastor is expected to drive out to the store to see the bell during the week.

Smith told Local 4 that even if the bell at his shop isn't the missing church's bell, he will offer to donate the bell to the church.