CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (CBSMiami) - Who would think the Nativity Scene would
turn into a crime scene? It happened in Coral Springs outside the
Turtle Run Neighborhood when thieves stole statues of Mary and Joseph.
Neighborhood association president Chris Kapish says they've had
this Nativity Scene up for the past eight years. The Baby Jesus figurine
hadn't even been put out yet; they were waiting, because last year he
was stolen too (but was later found).
On Christmas Eve the thieves struck again, taking Mary and Joseph.
"I don't understand why anyone would do that, to be honest with you,"
said Kapish. "I think this should rise to the level of a hate crime. I don't
know if they're going to classify it as that."
Everyone's trying to figure out why someone would take the pricey
statues. It's not like you can pawn them or sell them on the street.
"It's probably young people being stupid," said Ray Callahan, who lives
For some around here, this takes a heavy toll on what has
already been an emotional few weeks for everyone.
"The world is going to
crap, that's the truth," said Larry Morreale. "You know, you get this
fire going with them luring the firemen and the policemen and shooting
them and the school shootings and his kind of crap... I don't see any
purpose in it, it seems mean."
How do you fight back? There's a sign where the statues once stood that calls on people to "pray for the thieves who stole Mary and Joseph."
"We're all praying for those people, which we wouldn't have done in the
past, probably," said Callahan.
If you have any information who stole the statues, call Coral Springs Police or Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).