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Statues stolen from east Indianapolis nativity scene

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Someone stole statues from a nativity scene at an east Indianapolis home. Someone stole statues from a nativity scene at an east Indianapolis home.
The nativity has been a fixture since 2005. The nativity has been a fixture since 2005.
INDIANAPOLIS -

The holiday season changed overnight for an east Indianapolis family after someone robbed them of one of their traditions.

Jason Bledsoe noticed it this morning, one of the biggest outward signs of his family's holiday joy disappeared overnight.

"Of course, Jesus was the centerpiece in his bed," Bledsoe said. "Mary, his mother right behind, looking over him adorably."

While Bledsoe believes Jesus is our savior, that didn't save a statue of him from a common thief. The baby Jesus is gone, along with his mother, Mary, and one of three wise men.

"It seems senseless to me. I can't fathom why, what they would hope to gain from it, other than spiting other people," he said.

Bledsoe's brother-in-law gave him the life-sized nativity scene eight years ago and it's been a fixture in the neighborhood ever since, the kind of thing people would take pictures of.

The message it sent was one of salvation and it's rightful owner says even thieves in the night can't take that away.

"Christmas moves on. It wasn't about the statues, it's not about the Christmas trees or presents, the true meaning of Christmas is unscathed," Bledsoe said.

He says the irony is that nativity scenes like his would only be meaningful to Christians and you wouldn't expect someone who calls themselves a Christian to steal a nativity scene.

While he hopes the thieves will return the stolen statues, he doesn't expect it to happen.

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