"David Gibson woke up to a strange, sad surprise outside the bed-and-breakfast he runs in Alexandria, Minn., earlier this month: The baby Jesus figurine from his oversized, lit-up Nativity set was missing.
'I came out that morning and the [extension] cords were pulled out of the manger,' said Gibson, owner of the Cedar Rose Inn. 'Jesus was gone.'
Gibson said Monday that he combed the area looking for the 10-inch infant, but he hasn’t found Jesus yet.
It’s become a trend across the state and the U.S. baby Jesus figures have gone missing in cities from Chisholm to St. Cloud this year, upsetting Christians and demonstrating what some call a depressing sign of the times...
But owners of the crèche sets are increasingly turning to cameras, ropes and even GPS devices to secure their centerpieces, according to the New York Times.
Next year, Gibson told the Star Tribune, a new baby will be back in the manger — with a motion sensor camera watching his every move."
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