The statue of the baby Jesus, stolen from a Quincy Center nativity scene on Wednesday, was found by a passerby in Wollaston Cemetery Thursday afternoon.
According to city officials, the figurine was found by a person walking a dog, and does not appear to have suffered any major damage.
“The park deptartment will take a look at it and determine what, if any, repairs are needed before it is placed back in its rightful spot,” said Christopher Walker with the mayor’s office.
The Jesus figurine, part of the annual traditional nativity scene at Hancock Cemetery next to Quincy City Hall, was apparently stolen early Wednesday morning. The theft was reported to police Wednesday afternoon.
Shortly after the story of the missing piece went public Thursday afternoon, the miniature figurine turned up.
“It’s our hope that whoever did do it ultimately thought better of what they had done, recognizing how important a symbol it is to people and left it in a place they knew it would be found pretty easily,” Walker said.
The item had been bolted down to the nativity scene after the Jesus statue had been stolen eight years ago. In that instance, the statue was found on the waterfront.
Though the city will be having discussions about how to better secure the nativity scene, city officials aren’t overly concerned that the incident will happen again soon.
“We’re going to have that conversation with the park department, but at the same time, two incidents in eight years doesn’t a crisis make,” Walker said.