Baby Jesus statue returned after being stolen from Nativity scene in Franklin

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By Vic Ryckaert, IndyStar

UPDATE via IndyStar: The statue of the infant Jesus was returned to the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin five days after it was taken from the Nativity scene.

Franklin police say an employee found the statue about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday on the grounds of the home, where it may have been left overnight.

The statue has been missing since Sunday morning.

ORIGINAL STORY:

FRANKLIN, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2014)– In a poor display of Christmas spirit, thieves have stolen a 2-foot statue of the baby Jesus from a Nativity scene outside the Indiana Masonic Home, Franklin police tell our partners at the IndyStar.

The statue is part of the holiday display set at the home’s iconic archway. Baby Jesus was tucked safe in his manger Saturday night during the community’s tree lighting celebration, Indiana Masonic Home Director Ed Fodrea said.

By Sunday morning, he was gone. Police have no suspects, no leads.

“Residents are all very brokenhearted and disappointed that somebody would steal baby Jesus out of the manger,” Fodrea said. “It’s been part of the tradition here for more than 11 years.”

The baby Jesus statue is about 2 feet long and weighs about 20 pounds. The Masonic Home bought it in 2003 for about $475. Replacing it would cost $1,000 or more, Fodrea said.

“We just want baby Jesus back,” Fodrea said.

This story originally ran on IndyStar.com.

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