Island Park bell marking Sandy Hook deaths stolen from playground

People building the playground that was dedicated in

People building the playground that was dedicated in memory of 6-year-old Caroline Previdi, one of the 26 victims of the Newtown school massacre. The playground is part of "The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play" program to build 26 playgrounds in 26 Hurricane Sandy-ravaged communities with each playground named in memory of one of the shooting victims. ( Sept. 27, 2013) (Credit: Ed Betz)

A brass bell dedicated to the memory of the Sandy Hook shooting victims was stolen from a playground in Island Park over the weekend, Nassau County police said Sunday.

Police said the 8-inch by 8-inch brass bell, which had been housed at the Masone Beach playground on Waterford Road, was stolen between 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The bell was inscribed with the number 26, representing the number of children and adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut last December, and a quote: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings."

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Police said anyone with information about the case can contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.

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