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Has our Baby Jesus thief gone Stateside? Spate of statue thefts in US

But one large Nativity figure was recovered – after its alleged robber put a photo of it on Facebook.

A Baby Jesus figurine, as yet unstolen
A Baby Jesus figurine, as yet unstolen
Image: midiman via Flickr

IT’S NOT CLEAR who took the Baby Jesus statue from a Waterford crib this week – but whoever it is appears to have some like-minded friends in the US.

There has been a spate of Jesus-nappings across the state of Virginia, with at least three Nativity figurines swiped from festive displays.

And at least one person has been arrested after she uploaded a picture of a stolen statue to Facebook.

According to WTVR, the weighty 80lb replica was taken from a shopping mall in Fredericksburg, Va on Tuesday. But 25-year-old Amanda Crelia was arrested the following day after posting a picture of it on the social networking site.

Police swooped – and found the figure in her father’s garage.

Two other Baby Jesuses have also been stolen – one from another shopping centre in the same area, according to Fredericksburg.com, and the other from a Nativity near a furniture store, the Washington Post reports. Neither has yet been recovered.

After the statue stolen from a Waterford crib was discovered broken into pieces yesterday, Fr Gerry Langford told TheJournal.ie that the church would see if it could be put back together by the Fás workers who made it.

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