And now for some good news on the Baby Jesus front. Hooligans who snatch the baby from his manger may think twice now that GPS devices are increasingly being installed to thwart Nativity scene thefts. In the latest case, an 18-year old woman was apprehended for nabbing a Baby Jesus in Florida.
This year, a New York-based security firm is offering a month’s worth of free camera and GPS systems to religious groups and other nonprofits to help battle a growing trend of theft and vandalism for their displays, according to the Associated Press. Approximately 70 churches and synagogues have signed up thus far.
The Guardian reports that a GPS device helped police track down a ceramic Baby Jesus that had been stolen for the second year in a row in Palm Beach County, Fla.
According to the report: “Police were able to track it down to a nearby home where it was found face down on a carpet. An 18-year-old woman is being prosecuted over the theft.”
This year’s tally of baby Jesus thefts so far includes one from a Methodist church in Pennsylvania in which the figurine was replaced by a pumpkin and another in Arkansas in which the thief not only stole the plastic baby but also the concrete block and chain to which it was attached.