By The Associated Press
11:22 PM EST, December 4, 2012
A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church’s nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.
The vintage figurine taken last year from outside Chambersburg’s Central Presbyterian Church was found Sunday in the arms of a bronze Civil War soldier statue across the town square.
The Jesus statue disappeared from the nativity display last year and was replaced by a local business when the scene was set up a couple of weeks ago.
The Chambersburg Public Opinion reported the replacement statue was swiped sometime after services Sunday.
Congregant Buffy Super called the statue’s return a “Christmas miracle.”
Another said the church will have to consider securing the statue to deter theft.