Suspect Charged in Baby Jesus Theft

Firm had tried to prevent theft by filling the figure with 80 pounds of concrete

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    Police have charged a suspect in the disappearance of a baby Jesus statue that went missing from a Christmas display at the Central Park shopping center in Fredericksburg, Va.

    Amanda Crelia, 25, of Spotsylvania, Va., has been charged with grand larceny for her involvement in the theft. The statue savior was reported missing on the morning of Dec. 15, and was located on that evening.

    A citizen tipped off investigators after seeing a picture of Him posted on Facebook.

    Crelia then led detectives to her father's home, where the stolen figure had been hidden, authorities said. Ms. Crelia's father was unaware of that the stolen figure was in his garage.

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    Baby Jesus was also swiped from the Christmas display in 2005, but the holy figure was returned unharmed. The firm that manages the mall, Rappaport Companies, had tried to prevent another theft by filling the Christ child figurine with 80 pounds of concrete, officials said.

    Two more Baby Jesuses disappeared over the weekend in Spotsylvania -- one from the Southpoint Shopping Center, the other from near a furniture store off Route 3.