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Jesus stolen from Fayetteville church nativity scene

Posted December 20, 2010

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— Statues of baby Jesus and a donkey were stolen from a nativity scene at a Fayetteville church over the weekend, police said.

The Cedar Creek Baptist Church dedicated the nativity scene to longtime member Evelyn Beal, who pushed for years for the church to erect an annual Christmas manger before her death in 2008.

"It made me mad," Beal's daughter, Tammy Clowes, said Monday. "To have someone take something that we put out in her memory is just heartbreaking."

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office gets reports of stolen holiday decorations every December, spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said. The theft remains under investigation, she said, adding that the thieves likely live nearby.

The crime doesn't sit well with Cedar Creek Baptist Church members.

Fayetteville church wants stolen nativity statues returned Fayetteville church wants stolen nativity statues returned

"This is something that is very special this time of the year," church pastor John Pezerett said. "Our door is open if (the thieves) just want to bring it back or just wanted to talk."

Clowes begged the thieves to return the statues.

"Just bring it back, no questions asked. Just put it back where you got it," she said. "Mama meant so much for us. She'd do anything for anyone."

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  • kjackson47 Dec 22, 2010

    Y'all r killing me. Ive had a good laugh at these comments.

  • danielhoneycutt Dec 21, 2010

    some one needed Jesus in their life

  • newton11 Dec 21, 2010

    *Cumberland County Halo Alert*
    Please be on the lookout for a Divine person ranging in age from 6 months to 36 years of age. The subject most likely to be located in areas where people are needy and looking for assistance. The subject may be armed with healing powers and foresight. Please careful and do not try to confront the subject as this may cause a severe atmospheric static discharge in your location. If you spot the subject please notify your nearest Clergy person for further action.

  • bonnnie Dec 21, 2010

    I figure its probly some teenagers who took it, they probly have been in trouble b4 but are still on the streets to keep getting into more trouble. They will get their just desserts 10x's over eventually, people who do things like this are scum!

  • rlee1117 Dec 21, 2010

    ITS THE SEASON FOR SOME TO BE AT THEIR WORST AND OTHERS TO BE AT THEIR BEST. THE POLICE DO WHAT THEY CAN ONLY TO SEE THE COURTS TURN THEM BACK OUT ON THE STREET TO DO IT AGAIN! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!

  • boingc Dec 20, 2010

    Wasn't this God's will? boingc

    No. God never taught any of us to steal. "Thou shalt not steal" which is a bible verse.
    wildcat

    Yes, but God also taught us not to kill, and yet people kill people and you, wildcat, say that it is God's will, and not to question it. So, this must also be God's will and you should not question it.

  • asjdiw Dec 20, 2010

    Umm, nailed to the cross, not hung. Details. details.

    Also, bible not clear on when Christ was born. When was the last time you saw a lamb born in December?

  • asjdiw Dec 20, 2010

    He'll be back.

  • dwr1964 Dec 20, 2010

    edbuck51....Really? Christians are not supposed to celebrate the birth of Christ? Not sure what church or chappel you choose to attend, but in mine, we are kinda proud of the day our Lord and Saviour was born. Easter is reserved for celebrating the rising up from death after the Romans hung Him on the cross.

  • wildcat Dec 20, 2010

    Its funny...too many people are caught up in " material things." You not be able to take it with you to heaven or hell.

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