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Thief steals baby Jesus from nativity scene

Monday December 23, 2013 10:07 PM

Someone took a "Bah, humbug" attitude to the extreme by stealing the baby Jesus from a nativity scene.

A homeowner told police the baby Jesus was taken from the nativity scene in front of her house in the 1600 block of Pickering Court between 10 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

The woman said there were footprints in the snow that led from the sidewalk up into the yard, then back out to the sidewalk.

The reporting officer said he checked the yards on the street to make sure someone had not placed the plastic baby Jesus in another yard, but was unable to find it.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

* Officers used a Facebook video to determine who was the main aggressor in an assault Dec. 13 in the 6800 block of East Livingston Avenue.

A woman told officers a juvenile boy had assaulted her two children. She said the incident began on the school bus, when a boy hit her daughter in the arm. Her son told him to stop, but the boy punched her son in the face as soon as they were off the bus, the woman said.

The reporting officer said he was not able to determine who was the aggressor until the woman later showed him a video of the fight that had been posted on Facebook. He said the video shows a juvenile boy picking up the woman's son and throwing him to the ground a couple of times, but the woman's son did not try to punch back until the boy kicked him in the face. The officer said juvenile charges of assault will be filed against the boy.

* A school resource officer said a student who was late to class at 9:11 a.m. Dec. 12 at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave., was charged with menacing and disorderly conduct after he threatened the assistant principal.

The boy had just returned from a three-day suspension, but he became angry about listening to times he had to leave school, police reports said.

He threatened the administrator, saying he would beat him up. The administrator told the student he would be suspended for 10 days with a recommendation that he be expelled.

The school resource officer said the boy continued to make threatening remarks while he was being escorted from the building.

* The manager of a business in the 7600 block of Farmsbury Drive reported someone broke a lock and ransacked offices before 9 a.m. Dec. 18.

The reporting officer said all the windows were unlocked and undamaged and nothing appeared to have been taken. Later, though, an employee discovered a collection of antique coins had been stolen.

The officer was able to recover a brand logo from a footprint. He said there were pry marks on the door and fresh tire tracks and foot tracks in the snow outside the business.

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