Saturday, December 13, 2008

Exit 11 GSP Sayreville Missing Jesuses

By Mary Jo Patterson
Religion News Service

Sayreville, N.J. - Detectives investigating the theft of a baby Jesus statue
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.

Police said they assumed all 27 statues had been stolen, although they did
not know from where.

Police spread the figurines out on a counter at police headquarters to take
inventory. All lay, in swaddling clothes, on their backs.

"It looks like a nursery here," said police spokesman Ken Kelly.

The figurines, most of them plastic, were found stashed "in plain view" in a
car parked outside the home of Christopher Olson, 18, of Old Bridge,
N.J.,police said.

The discovery brought relief to the parishioners of St. Stanislaus Church,
who had taken the theft of their statue very hard, according to the Rev. Ken
Murphy, their pastor.

The theft, as well as the theft of a smaller baby Jesus from the church's
school and the toppling of a 15-foot crucifix in the church's cemetery, took
place late last week (Dec. 30 or 31).

By late Monday, word of the baby Jesus stash had begun to circulate in Old

Lou Saverese, a resident of the street where the car was found, said a
mystery had been solved. About three weeks before Christmas, he said, the
baby Jesus in his Nativity scene disappeared.

"My wife thought the wind might have taken it away, but then we noticed
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.

Rev. Murphy said it best: "As I told people ..., the most important thing is, we celebrated the birthof Jesus," he said. "Jesus is in many different places. If they saw the display and saw he wasn't there, they would be reminded that he is in them."
John 15:4" Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.


Gigi said...

True, Jesus is within us - but still it's really sad that someone was going around stealing all the baby Jesus figures from Nativity scenes...

Were they able to match up all the babies to the owners?

NewJerseyJesus said...

I'm not sure if they were able to place all of them back. What I left out of the post was what the kids were going to do with all the figures - they were to set them ignite them in one big bonfire. How sad, or beyond sad. The dad's comment about the whole affair was, "He's a good kid, he goes to college." I'm not quite sure what that has to do with anything. On the bright side of Christmas displays, I traveled to the next town over for dinner and counted 15 manger displays along the way. As far as I could tell, baby Jesus was sleeping comfortable in all of them :)

Gigi said...

Oh that makes my heart sad to read what was planned...That Dad is in full on denial, isn't he? His son goes around stealing and he calls him "good." Amazing...but I guess in his mind since it was "just" baby Jesus figures, it doesn't count?? The darkness...Lord - please be a light to that young man, his family and his friends.