Nativity scene stolen from Surry County church

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- A Nativity scene was stolen from a Surry County church.

The theft happened at Woodland Baptist Church on Highland Road just outside the Mount Airy city limits sometime between Christmas Day and Monday evening.

Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the manger, three wise men, the animals, the star and even the extension cord were stolen.

"I could not believe anyone would want to steal our Nativity scene," Pastor Jimmy Slate said.

Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson is vowing to find the thieves.

"They took something that was special away from those people and that particular Nativity scene had meaning to them. It was something that was special to them for this particular time of year," Atkinson said. "It is the right thing to do and we're gonna find out who's responsible for it."

Slate says they will forgive whoever took the Nativity scene and just hopes the thieves will have a change of heart and return it.

There is a report of another Nativity scene being stolen inside the city limits of Mount Airy. Mount Airy police were unable to provide information about that case today.