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Updated Dec 5, 2012 - 11:56 am

Nativity scene Jesus returned, replacement swiped

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church's Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.

The vintage figurine was taken last year from outside Chambersburg's Central Presbyterian Church. It was found Sunday in the arms of a bronze Civil War soldier statue across the town square.

A local business had replaced the Jesus statue when the Nativity scene was set up a couple weeks ago. The Chambersburg Public Opinion ( http://bit.ly/11yfQ5C) reports that replacement statue was swiped sometime after services on Sunday.

Congregant Buffy Super calls the statue's return a "Christmas miracle." Another says the church will have to considering securing the statue to deter theft.

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Information from: Public Opinion, http://www.publicopiniononline.com


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