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1 year later, stolen Baby Jesus returned to St. Cloud nativity scene

Unfortunately, it was a day late.

A year after he disappeared from his manger in St. Cloud, Baby Jesus has returned.

The figure, which dates back to the 1940s, was mysteriously stolen from the nativity scene outside the U.S. Bank branch in downtown last year.

And one day after Christmas 2019, he was placed in his manger as if nothing had happened.

According to the St. Cloud Times, on Thursday afternoon, a bank employee noticed someone out by the manger and went to investigate, but by the time they reached the scene, the person had vanished — and Baby Jesus was there.

As the paper notes, "a doll swaddled in cloth" stood in for the infant savior this year. 

There's no word yet on who returned the real one, and still no word on who stole him in the first place.

The theft of the antique Baby Jesus figure — which is owned by the Stearns History Museum — was just one of several similar incidents that happened not just in Minnesota (where there were at least two other cases in 2018), but across the country last year.

The spate of Jesus thefts even caught the attention of the New York Times, which noted that nativity thieves had struck in Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and "plenty of other places" as well. 

What's more, you know a phenomenon like this officially becomes a "thing" when it has its own Wikipedia page — which Baby Jesus theft most certainly does.

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