TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — Tybee Island police are investigating after for multiple pieces were stolen from a nativity scene at Saint Michael Catholic Church.
Father Jerry Ragan, pastor at St. Michael’s Catholic Church said he was preparing for Mass last Saturday morning when members of his congregation told him the nativity scene display did not look right.
“Only half the figures were in the display case here. And we’ve figured out during the night Friday that somebody came in and took them,” Ragan said. “We figured to replace it, it will cost about $11,000.”
A majority of the figurines were at stolen except one important symbol that was left behind.
“So they took Mary and uh the shepherds, all the animals, and the angel,” Ragan said. “They did not take the baby Jesus.”
Lt. Emory Randolph with the Tybee Island Police Department said they are still working to find new evidence at this time, but are hopeful there will be a break in the case before the new year.
“And, we’ve have reached out to our social media community for help. So far, we’ve got about 400 likes and we received even put as far away as Michigan and California,” Randolph said.
Ragan said although the entire community is devastated by this senseless act, he just wants the person who stole the items to bring them back.
“Well, not only our little congregation, but the whole island is kind of heartbroken by it,” Ragan said. “And, you know, we as Christian people we’re called to forgive. Jesus came in to a very disordered world and its still disordered. But we need to do the best we can to share his love. So, forgiveness, we’d love to have the figures back, and hopefully they’ll be a change of heart for those who took them.”
If you have any information, call Tybee Island detectives at 912-786-5600.