While not exactly the crime of the century, it’s one that has understandably upset a lot of people.
From a newspaper in Rochester:
Church secretary Suzanne Verrill said it appears someone swiped the baby Jesus figure from the nativity scene situated near the church’s front entrance sometime overnight on Christmas Eve. People immediately noticed the absence on their way into the Saturday morning church service at 7:15, Verrill said.
“They were asking, ‘Where’s baby Jesus?” she said.
Verrill estimated the baby Jesus figure is less than a foot in length yet is “pretty heavy” because it is made of plaster material meant to withstand winter weather.
Sister Lucie Ducas wasn’t sure how long the church had owned this particular nativity set but felt they’d been using it for “some time.” She noted the parishioner who’d recently repainted the set had approached her over the weekend with dismay over the disappearance of the baby Jesus.
“I don’t know why someone would do this,” Ducas said. “It was probably someone who thought they were doing some kind of prank.”
Ducas said nothing else in the manger scene was taken.
“It’s not really a manger scene without the baby Jesus,” Ducas said. “It’s not anything that you can replace.”
Police Capt. Paul Callaghan said the theft was not reported until Monday. A police officer was sent to the church to open an investigation Monday afternoon.