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Community outraged over stolen baby Jesus

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A manhunt is underway in Fredericksburg for the people responsible for the theft of a baby Jesus from a nativity scene.

This baby Jesus weighed 80 pounds but was still stolen by vandals. (Photo: WJLA)

The baby Jesus was part of a display on Carl Silver Parkway. Every Christmas the nativity scene adorns the edge of the busy thoroughfare.

"I think it's kind of weird that only the baby Jesus is missing," said Patrick Fladung, Fredericksburg resident. "It must be someone who doesn't believe in Christ. It's the war on Christmas."

But it's not the first time the theft has occurred. Back in 2005, baby Jesus was stolen, but thieves returned him a few hours later.

The prior incident prompted the people who put up the manger to take precautions, loading the baby Jesus with about 80 pounds of concrete.

Thus, the thief or thieves made a determined effort to remove the tiny statue.

"Maybe it's some teenager going around thinking 'let's be cool and steal the baby Jesus and have everyone wonder what's going on.' I Think it's just plain-out stupid and immature."

 

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