Baby Jesus Figurine Stolen From Dubuque Church

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Someone has stolen a baby Jesus figurine from a Dubuque church, but members of the congregation are hopeful images from a security camera will help them track down the thief.

The Rev. Joseph Hauer told the Telegraph Herald the figurine was stolen Friday night from a manger scene outside the Church of the Resurrection. Members of the congregation noticed it missing before Mass on Saturday afternoon.

It was the second-straight year someone has stolen a baby Jesus figurine from the church. Last year, a king figurine also was stolen, but it was found near a hospital.

After those thefts, the church installed security cameras that provided an image of someone believed to have stolen the figurine. It also shows the person’s vehicle.

Hauer says the figurine cost about $250.

Photo courtesy of Church of the Resurrection website.