Mini bear stolen from St. John's Lutheran in Boyertown

Boyertown is missing yet another bear. This bear is one of several that has been stolen in the past couple of months.

A brown mini bear, Johnny, was taken from St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, sometime between Saturday and Sunday, according to Sister Millicent J. Drake.

Drake said the bear was a gift to teachers from parents of a transitional kindergarten class. The bear was placed outside the church in the spring.

There were concerns that the bear would be taken but the church was assured that the bear was secured, she said.

'I feel that it's very sad,' Drake said. 'I'm very disappointed. The children were very excited about it and it was a nice addition.'

Boyertown Police Chief Barry Leatherman said there was nothing left at the scene to indicate who took it. Anyone with information about the incident can call Boyertown Borough Police, 610-369-3050.

Johnny was painted by local artist Kathy Kehs. Landscape artist Scott Hetrick from Hetrick Gardens, Gilbertsville, donated his time and materials to give Johnny a home at the church, according to a press release submitted by the church. The bear sits upon a 'mountain' made of recycled limestone, garden rocks and flag stone.

In July, two Boyertown Bears were returned after they had been taken: Gilbert from Gilbertsville Elementary School and Baby Bear from the Gilbertsville YMCA located on Holly Road.

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