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Nativity Figures Stolen from Downers Grove Church

The manger and a wise man are all that remains of the Christmas nativity scene at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5739 Dunham Road.

Five life-size figures were stolen Tuesday night from the Christmas nativity scene outside St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

The church, located at 5739 Dunham Road, issued a press release Wednesday seeking information on the missing statues, which were taken sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to Rev. Kirk Moore, pastor at St. Paul’s.

Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and two magi were stolen, Moore said. An empty manger and a lone wise man were all that remained of the scene when church staff arrived Wednesday morning.

“They left one of the magi, so only one is near the manger,” Moore said. “It’s as if the others, along with Mary and Joseph, are still traveling. It would be great if everything was back in place for Christmas Eve.”

St. Paul's office manager Lee Anne Rockershousen said the figures have been a church staple for "many years." She was unsure of their total monetary value.

"The figures are more sentimental than anything else," Rockershousen said. "We're not sure who would do something like this."

A report was filed Wednesday with the Downers Grove Police Department. Moore is asking anyone with information on the nativity set to call the church at 630-969-2783, or Downers Grove police at 630-434-5600.

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Susan Carroll December 06, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I am not a member of St. Paul's but if the figures don't return and a collection is taken up to replace them, I will gladly contribute. I will net let evil prevail!
Amanda Luevano December 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM
That's nice of you, Susan! It would certainly be a happy ending to this story!

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