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Statues stolen from Quincy Center nativity scene; third theft in nine years

Quincy-12/05/13- This time four statues were taken from the nativity scene next to Quincy City Hall. Jesus, Mary, a sheep and a wise man were taken. Two wise men look on to Joseph kneeling as Mary and Jesus are no longer there. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)
Three figures were left behind, staring at the place where the baby Jesus would have been.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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Statues of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and a lamb were stolen from a nativity scene in Quincy Square early Thursday morning and a shepherd left behind on a sidewalk in the third such incident at the creche scene in the past nine years, Quincy police said.

Quincy-12/05/13- This time four statues were taken from the nativity scene next to Quincy City Hall. Jesus, Mary, a sheep and a wise man were taken. A statue of a shepherd stands in a sidewalk in the cemetery next to the manger. It was moved from the manger during the heist. Boston Globe staff photo by JohnTlumacki(metro) The Boston Globe Quincy-12/05/13- This time four statues were taken from the nativity scene next to Quincy City Hall. Jesus, Mary, a sheep and a wise man were taken. A statue of a shepherd stands in a sidewalk in the cemetery next to the manger. It was moved from the manger during the heist. Boston Globe staff photo by JohnTlumacki(metro)

A street sweeper discovered the crime when he found the shepherd statue on a nearby sidewalk at around 2:24 a.m., police said.

“The shepherd was out on the sidewalk and the Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and a lamb were missing,” said Captain John Dougan, Quincy police spokesman.

Police said they believed the statues were probably dragged into a vehicle from the creche.

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