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Police in Perth, Scotland are looking for a missing life-sized baby Jesus, which has been stolen from a nativity display at a local church.

Three young boys had been seen “acting suspiciously” before the infant Jesus was snatched on Monday night.

Officers said the theft happened outside of St. John’s Kirk in St John’s Place in the city before 23:30.

It is the second time the life-sized doll has been stolen from the nativity scene in the past two years.

Baby Jesus stolen from nativity

Baby Jesus stolen from nativity

Anne Chat, who serves as an elder at St. John and works as a volunteer, said: “Last year someone stole the doll from the display too; it just seems to be something that people do these days, which is a shame.”

Mrs. Chat said the nativity had been put in place by the locals on Saturday evening after a lantern procession attended by about a hundred people and a pipe band.

Local MSP, Rosanna Cunningham, had tweeted a picture of the Christmas scene just hours before the baby Jesus was taken saying: “Perth’s beautiful Nativity scene outside St. John’s Kirk #Advent”.

In a statement, Police Scotland said: “Three young boys were seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time and were last seen near St. John Street, Perth.”

They are described as wearing black clothing, with two boys carrying rucksacks. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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