Stolen baby Jesus dropped off in Renfrew parking lot

Christ will soon be back in Christmas or at least the creche in Renfrew’s town square.

Stolen Dec. 1, the figurine of baby Jesus turned up in the parking lot behind town hall Wednesday morning with tire tracks showing it was dropped on the ground from a vehicle, Put Christ Back Into Christmas committee organizer Diana Wakely said.

Town employee Tom Webster made the find as he arrived for work.

“I call him the wise man,” a relieved Wakely said, adding that the 15-pound baby wrapped in a white garment was returned unharmed.

Wakely was on her way Wednesday morning to town hall to pick up the figurine to be placed back in the Nativity scene at Low Square. The fibreglass over paper-mache figurine was made by volunteers of Christian denomination in town 20 years ago. It’s the second time it has gone missing. It was stolen once before in 2015.

This time, organizers believe the baby was snatched sometime after Saturday’s Santa Claus Parade and before the lighting ceremony, marking the first Sunday of Advent, where about 80 believers, undaunted, celebrated the season with Christmas carols.

The OPP was investigating and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers made the theft its crime of the week.

“We’re going to put him back in his manger and make sure he’s secure,” Wakely said, adding that she’s considering equipping Jesus with a GPS.

Still, Wakely had faith that Jesus would turn up in time for Christmas.

“It renews our faith in our town, not that I ever doubted it, ” she said.

“I knew somehow he’d be returned.”


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