OMG PD: Full-Size Nativity Figures Stolen, Sewer Grate Thefts

A weekly roundup of the more unusual incidents on the police blotter.


Nativity Figures Stolen from Downers Grove Church

Five life-size figures were stolen Tuesday night from the Christmas nativity scene outside St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

The church, located at 5739 Dunham Road, issued a press release Wednesday seeking information on the missing statues, which were taken sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to Rev. Kirk Moore, pastor at St. Paul’s.

Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and two magi were stolen, Moore said. An empty manger and a lone wise man were all that remained of the scene when church staff arrived Wednesday morning.

“They left one of the magi, so only one is near the manger,” Moore said. “It’s as if the others, along with Mary and Joseph, are still traveling. It would be great if everything was back in place for Christmas Eve.”

St. Paul's office manager Lee Anne Rockershousen said the figures have been a church staple for "many years." She was unsure of their total monetary value.

"The figures are more sentimental than anything else," Rockershousen said. "We're not sure who would do something like this."

A report was filed Wednesday with the Downers Grove Police Department. Moore is asking anyone with information on the nativity set to call the church at 630-969-2783, or Downers Grove police at 630-434-5600.


Dead Deer Hung in Front-Yard Tree

A complainant reported at 2:03 p.m. that a neighbor who lives near the intersection of 75th Street and Forest Hill Road had two deer carcasses hanging in a tree in his front yard, police said. 

"They were in the front yard, visible to the neighbors who were a little alarmed at the sight," Deputy Chief Tim Vaclav said in an email.  

The resident, a hunter, took down the caracasses voluntarily, police said, and no citations were written.


Cafeteria Crime

A 15-year-old boy from Hinsdale was charged with theft after police say he made $150 in unauthorized cafeteria purchases at Hinsdale Central High School with a student ID that didn’t belong to him at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 12.

The incident was reported on Nov. 27. The juvenile was charged and released to a parent.


Thieves Stealing La Grange Park Sewer Grates

Five sewer grates, together valued at more than $1,000, have disappeared from La Grange Park streets since late November, the La Grange Park Police Department reported on Thursday. The incidents are believed to have taken place in the early morning hours.

The department said that most of the thefts in La Grange Park have involved rectangular crates along a curb, but that there is the possibilty that thieves might also take a manhole cover, leaving a dangerous pit in the road.

Similar thefts have been reported in Westchester, Forest Park, Broadview, North Riverside and Hillside.

Edward Andrysiak December 08, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Nativity scene thefts are disgusting. Is there no respect or personal honor anymore? As an aside. I stopped using those super sticky mouse trap/papers because I though they were a little cruel. But they do give me an idea, and smile. I'd like to spray every baby Jesus with that super sticky stuff! Let the SOB who steals it be "blessed" with it for weeks to come. This so we may all come to know him.
Suzanna Klein December 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM
$150 in cafeteria purchases on Nov 12? What does that kind of money buy at a school cafeteria?
Stephanie Hofbauer December 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
My thoughts, exactly. Please, tell us what he bought.
Susan Carroll December 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
There are more good people than evil ones! If they don't get it back, let's all chip in and buy them a new one! Or maybe all the other churches in DG can buy one figure to show we all stand in solidarity!


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