Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Jesus Stolen From Nativity Scene, Replaced With Beer Can

PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) - A homeowner said Friday that whoever stole the baby Jesus from his manger scene was disrespectful by replacing it with an empty beer can.

Bob Chooljain said that the Jesus figure was stolen from the manger scene on Wednesday night.
Chooljain said that he made the nativity scene more than three decades ago with his children.
“It’s something we kind of did together,” he said.
“You just wonder, what was in the person’s mind that actually did that? What was the reason for it? Why leave the beer can? What’s the connection?” said Chooljain, doesn’t want to press charges.

Wooden cutouts of sheep and cows remain; only two of the three wise men stand on either side of the manger. Chooljain said the third was stolen eight years ago.

Chooljain said he will replace the illuminated figure with another doll for the time being.

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