Police have found the Baby Jesus figurine taken from a nativity scene at Christmas Village in Torrington and said two teens are suspected of taking it as a prank.
Employees from the town’s parks and recreation department noticed in November that the figurine was gone and police received an anonymous tip, leading detectives to one male and one female believed to have been involved in the incident, police said.
Investigators said the teens went into the shed where the figurine was stored at Christmas Village over the summer of 2012, took it as a prank and brought it into the woods in the area of Gleason Street and the Forest Street Bridge.
The figure was broken when it was found, but officers are unable to prove that the teens destroyed the Baby Jesus figurine, police said.
Police are applying for arrest warrant applications to charge the teens with criminal trespass and larceny.
Police said the suspects are under the age 18, so their names will not be released.
While the Baby Jesus figure that was part of the display last year has been destroyed, there is a new Jesus figurine, thanks to Fay Renzullo, who made the donation.