Baby Jesus, puppy reported stolen in Sunnyside

A one-of-a-kind baby Jesus figurine was stolen from the manger scene near the front door of George and Carol Johnson’s home. The baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph statues were made by Carol using cloth dipped in glue and then formed into the figures. She applied an exterior finish to give the miniature figurines a metallic or pewter appearance. The Johnsons are hopeful the thief or thieves will return the small statue.

Sunnyside police responded to a myriad of citizens’ complaints during the past 24 hours, including the theft of a baby Jesus figure from a residential nativity scene.

The theft of the figurine is believed to have occurred sometime after midnight on Jan. 1, from the 800 block of West Grandview Avenue.

Police are also investigating a Thursday morning report of a puppy stolen from the back yard of a residence in the 300 block of South 13th Street. The thieves apparently cut the fence to gain access to the animal.

Police also are seeking a suspect, who attempted to return items to local business under false pretentions yesterday morning. The incident was reported from the 2600 block of East Lincoln Avenue.

Police are also investigating an early morning report of three males stealing beer from a local convenience store located in the 1800 block of South First Street. The suspects were last seen traveling westbound on I-82.

In other activity, police investigated one business alarm, a residential alarm and a report of a fraudulent $20 bill being passed at a business in the 2600 block of East Lincoln Avenue.

Police also investigated one report of malicious mischief, two suspicious circumstance reports and one report of trespassing.

In addition, officers provide one agency assist, one funeral escort, two welfare checks and recovered one stolen vehicle during the past 24 hours.


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