Statues of the baby Jesus and Mother Mary have gone missing from the Quincy Center Nativity scene, with Quincy Police asking locals to be on the lookout for the pair.
The theft of the religious figurine has become a recurring problem in Quincy. The Jesus figuring was stolen in both 2004 and 2012. In 2004, it ended up at the waterfront. In 2012, Jesus showed up at a Wollaston Cemetery.
According to Captain John Dougan, the Jesus figurine was bolted to the manger, but somehow managed to be taken. He didn’t believe Mary was secured in any measurable way, but said the pieces are both very heavy.
“They tried to take the shepherd but they never got him. He was lying on the sidewalk,” Dougan said.
A street sweeper took note of the full manager at 1 a.m. on Thursday morning. By 2:20 a.m., the employee noticed the shepherd was lying on the sidewalk. When he took a closer look, he realized both Jesus and Mary were missing too.
Police said there was no damage to the shepherd.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Quincy Police Detective Tip Line at 617-745-4014.