100-year-old clock stolen from church in Roland Park

September 04, 2006|By Justin Fenton

A 400-pound, 100-year-old grandfather clock was stolen last week from St. David's Church in Roland Park, snatched just weeks before the Episcopal church kicks off its centennial celebration.

The clock, which was restored in 2003, is believed to have been taken between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, said the Rev. William M. Krulak, rector of St. David's. There was no sign of forced entry, and Krulak said the mammoth timepiece would have to have been disassembled before it was removed.

"We have very little hope of recovering it," Krulak said. "It's just a shame to start our centennial this way."

Krulak said architects recently gave the clock a "niche" at the end of a long hallway that made it the first thing visitors saw when entering the building. It apparently caught the wrong person's eye, Krulak said.

The church is offering a $1,000 reward for the clock's return, no questions asked, Krulak said.

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