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Christmas Brings Thefts Of Baby Jesus Statues, Lawn Decorations

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File Photo Of Outdoor Christmas Decorations. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

File Photo Of Outdoor Christmas Decorations. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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(STMW) — Though the Christmas holiday is getting nearer, vandals and pranksters haven’t displayed a holiday spirit. Communities around Chicago have reported acts of theft and vandalism to Christmas displays recently.

Among the suburbs reporting such incidents recently were Elmwood Park, Lombard and Naperville.

In Elmwood Park, thefts were reported Dec. 15 from the 2200 block of 75th Court and the 2300 block of 75th Avenue, according to police. In the former, someone took Christmas decorations that made up a nativity scene from the front yard of a home, and in the latter someone took two Christmas penguins from the front yard of a home.

On Dec. 17, a theft was reported on 7700 block of Sunset Drive, police said. Sometime on Dec. 15 someone removed a 3-foot-tall illuminated Santa Claus from a fence.

In Buffalo Grove, a resident reported on Dec. 9 that when she and her husband returned home about 7 p.m. on the 1300 block of Gail Drive, they found that someone had taken Christmas decorations from their yard, police said.

In Lombard, on Dec. 17, someone reported to police that someone stole the baby Jesus figure from his yard on the 900 block of South Cherry.

In Naperville, on Dec. 20, someone reported to police that sometime between 5 p.m. the previous evening and 10 a.m. on the 20th, someone took the baby Jesus from their front yard on the 400 block South Sleight Street.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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