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Residents Report Baby Jesus Kidnappings

Officer noted "unusual arrangement" of plastic decorations that were not plugged in on lawn near 102nd Street and Kilbourn.

Two plastic Baby Jesus figures were removed from outdoor Nativity scenes in Oak Lawn, police reports said.

Oak Lawn Police were dispatched to the area of 97th Street and Kenton Avenue around 9:43 p.m Dec. 28, after reports of teens tampering with Christmas decorations.

The caller flagged down police, who said that his plastic Baby Jesus and shepherd were stolen from his front lawn. The called said he heard a group of teens leaving the area and that other decorations allegedly taken by the teens were found in the street near his house.

As the officer patrolled the neighborhood, he spotted an unusual arrangement of plastic holiday decorations on a lawn in the 10200 block of South Kilbourn Avenue.

The officer knocked on the homeowner’s door, where he confronted a woman who was “very angry and defensive” about the lawn decorations.

Police said the homeowner insisted that the decorations were hers, even though they were arranged carelessly on her lawn and none of the plastic figures were plugged in.

According to the report, the homeowner hastily scooped up the plastic Santa, lamb, Mary, Joseph, two angels and a shepherd and brought them into her house. The homeowner was not charged.

During this same time frame, police received another call of two suspicious vehicles dropping Christmas decorations off near 107th Street and Kenton Avenue

Someone between Dec. 24 and Dec. 30, someone removed a Baby Jesus figure from a Nativity scene from a yard in the 5900 block of West 89th Place.


Just Me January 07, 2014 at 01:08 PM
uh, kidnapping involves a real-life child. This is called theft, can we headline what it really is, please? So silly how writers need to grab attention.
Mark January 07, 2014 at 03:43 PM
No matter what you want to call it, whether kidnapping or theft, it is just sad that anyone would do that. To have disrespect for a religious item is just plain wrong. Seems like more and more people in society today have no time, no concern, and a non-caring attitude for the one who created them. God help us!
Just Me January 07, 2014 at 04:26 PM
So true!

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