CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) – Who would think the nativity scene would turn into a crime scene?  It happened in Coral Springs outside the Turtle Run Neighborhood.   Thieves stole statues of Mary and Joseph.

Chris Kapish is president of the association.  He says they’ve had this nativity scene up for the past 8 years.  The Baby Jesus figurine hadn’t even been put out yet, they were waiting because last year, he was stolen too, but later found.

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This past Monday – 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 should rise to the level of a hate crime. I don’t know if they’re going to classify it as that.”

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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 nearby.  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 sign where the statues once stood calls for prayer…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.

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If you have any information who stole the statues, call Coral Springs Police or Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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