Religion News Service
from an outdoor Nativity scene at a Sayreville church followed a trail on Monday (Jan. 2, 2008) that led them to the missing statue -- and 26 other baby Jesus figurines.
not know from where.
inventory. All lay, in swaddling clothes, on their backs.
car parked outside the home of Christopher Olson, 18, of Old Bridge,
who had taken the theft of their statue very hard, according to the Rev. Ken
Murphy, their pastor.
school and the toppling of a 15-foot crucifix in the church's cemetery, took
place late last week (Dec. 30 or 31).
mystery had been solved. About three weeks before Christmas, he said, the
baby Jesus in his Nativity scene disappeared.
other people on the block were also missing their baby Jesus," he said.
Then, in a park down the road, he saw two more plastic Jesus figures hanging
from a telephone pole. Police cut them down.