CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police in New Jersey are searching for suspects who stole a baby Jesus statue from a church nativity scene.
The statue disappeared from outside St. Clare’s church in Clifton sometime between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday night into Sunday morning, CBS2 reported.
The church said it has asked parishioners to post pictures of the nativity scene on social media to help police in the search.
In Newark, a spokesman for Newark’s Archbishop John J. Myers confirmed there have been four other burglaries from local parishes, CBS2 reported.
It is unclear whether these burglaries are connected to the incident in Clifton, authorities said.
Police are still investigating the thefts, and are asking parishes to report all incidents to authorities.