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Alleged thieves nab baby Jesus

Alleged thieves nab baby Jesus
Jerry Ludwig of La Vernia stands by his family’s Nativity display, from which two figures Jesus and one of the three kings have allegedly been stolen.

LA VERNIA A theft of a La Vernia Nativity display gives new meaning to the words “Away in a Manger” as in taken away by an alleged thief. Jesus is said to have come for the sinner, but this time the sinner came for Jesus.

The theft took place at the residence of Jerry Ludwig in Deer Ridge Estates near La Vernia.

Ludwig first noticed one of the three wise men missing from the display at his home on Dec. 22 early in the day; the plastic King of the Orient probably disappeared during the overnight hours, Ludwig speculated. Then the homeowner’s wife noticed the baby Jesus figure missing Dec. 26, when she returned home from picking up their daughter from work. The Ludwigs think the alleged thief probably took the figure late Christmas night.

It has been a yearly tradition for Ludwig and his family to put up the Nativity scene in keeping with the story and tradition of Christmas. Ludwig has never had a problem with thieves or pranksters in the six years he’s been in La Vernia. He said Deer Ridge Estates is a peaceful and quiet rural neighborhood.

“I love La Vernia,” Ludwig said. “It’s a small town and I live in a good area. I just think it’s very out-of-line to do something like this at this time of year.”

Chief Deputy Johnie Deagen with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his agency had received a call regarding the alleged theft.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-2535.

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