Away in a manger on Bethlehem’s public square, a woman approached a statue of the baby Jesus one dark, December night. Then she stole it.
The theft, from a Nativity scene outside City Hall, raised alarm in this eastern Pennsylvania city that shares a name with the real Jesus Christ’s birthplace.
When the missing baby Jesus was found, it had been damaged, and Bethlehem’s police chief had to glue its leg back on. Then the city took action, positioning a concealed security camera exclusively on baby Jesus and assigning police officers to monitor the footage. In the two years since, the statue has been left at peace, asleep on the hay as the camera, nicknamed the “Jesus cam” by some residents, rolls.
“If anybody looks real close, they’ll see a crack in his leg,” said Lynn Cunningham, a leader of the local chamber of commerce.
The shepherds said to one another, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.” Luke 2:15@vikkiduenne How to Keep Baby Jesus in the Manger? Bolts, Cameras and Tethers https://t.co/UGeyUaVabp pic.twitter.com/WsTiF0GFCR
— John Sawyer (@sawyerlex) December 23, 2018