Quincy police are investigating the theft of the baby Jesus from a City Hall manger scene–for the third time.
The theft of the Jesus figurine – along with Mary, Joseph and a lamb – was reported by a city street sweeper at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
Police Capt. John Dougan says the Department of Public Works employee told police that all the figures were in the nearly life-size display at about 1 a.m.
Dougan says the Jesus has been stolen before: last year and back in 2004. And while the thieves may think of the theft as just a joke, he doesn’t find it very funny:
“People may think it’s a prank but it really isn’t, because these are religious statues, which really hit to the core of people’s religious beliefs,” said Dougan.
Mayoral spokesman Chris Walker says the manger figures were purchased by the city’s Roman Catholic parishes years ago and donated to the city.
Capt. Dougan asks that anyone with information call the Quincy Police Department at 617-479-1212.