Dec 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (KNSI) - A St. Joseph pastor was hoping for a thief's change of heart after figures from the parish's outdoor nativity display were stolen - and that hope was realized when most of those figures returned.
Church of St. Joseph Rev. Jerome Tupa tells KNSI Mary, Joseph and a shepherd were returned to their original post in front of the church sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Tupa says they are, however, still missing a cow.
The parish has had the nativity set for about 30 years, and Tupa says, while valued somewhere around $1,000, a dollar amount can't capture the importance the set has to the church.
Tupa says he suspects publicity surrounding the theft prodded the thief or thieves to return the figures, and they're thankful for all the community awareness and support throughout the ordeal.
The parish was never, however, missing baby Jesus - he will not be placed in the nativity scene until Christmas.
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