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Wabash students learn penalty for trying to steal Monon Bell from DePauw University

Posted: 6:35 PM, Nov 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-04 00:47:56Z

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. -- Four Wabash students learned their punishment Friday for trying to steal the Monon Bell from a locked building on the campus of DePauw University over fall break.

Tim Bookwalter, Putnam Co. Prosecutor, says three students hid behind the bleachers inside the Lilly Center for six hours while it was closed. A DePauw police officer spotted the fourth Wabash student waiting outside in a pickup truck.

At an initial hearing Friday, prosecutors agreed to allow the students to participate in a diversion program.

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If they stay out of trouble for six months, a trespassing charge won't appear on their records. 

Each student paid a $274 diversion fee and must complete 16 hours of community service.

They must also clean up DePauw's football stadium following the Monon Bell game on Nov. 11

Each year, the bell goes to the winner of the game between Wabash and DePauw, and for years students have stolen it as a college prank.