GREENSBORO, N.C. – Police say they are looking for whoever is responsible for stealing items from a nativity scene earlier in this month in Greensboro.
Natalie K. Sander says the pieces were stolen from a three-dimensional scene depicting the birth of Jesus in her yard in the 1800 Carlisle Road.
Sanders gifted her 9 year old daughter the nativity set made by her great grandfather in 1940.
"The nativity is a form of worship done by my great grandfather, Courtney's great grand father in the sense that web you worship you give your beat and certainly this was his best," Sanders said
Police say she reported an 18” tall flat board image of a sheep taken Sunday. Officials say she also reported that cutouts of Mary and Joseph were stolen on Dec. 17.
"We came over and started picking things up clearly someone had been messing with it the night before bad then we looked at the stable and realized Mary holding baby Jesus and Joseph were missing," Sanders said. "
It's shocking it's something you can't really understand . The value in it is really personal."
Sander says the pieces have special significance to her because they were hand-carved by her great grandfather about 70 years ago.
She has now added pad locks and a security system to the nativity scene to protect the other pieces.
Sanders said she still plans to display the nativity scene next Christmas.
Anyone with any information about the theft can call Crime Stopper at (336) 373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz.
Officials say all calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous. Police say Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment whoever is responsible.