Baby Jesus, donkey stolen from Frostproof's home-made nativity scene

The pieces disappeared sometime late last week

FROSTPROOF, Fla. - Just 20 days before Christmas, and the City of Frostproof is missing a special holiday tradition -- someone took off with Baby Jesus and a donkey in the city's nativity scene.

The key pieces to the home-made scene went missing sometime late last week.

"He was really upset," said Alexandra Becerra about her son, Adan, who noticed the pieces were missing.

She and her family stop to visit the nativity scene a couple times a week. When they stopped by Friday, the two key pieces were gone.

"Every year we all look forward to seeing it, it's a part of what brings this community together this time of year," Becerra said.

Frostproof is the kind of town with just a single stop light, where everyone knows everyone.

The city has been putting up the same home-made nativity scene for more than 25 years.

Now the manger is noticeably empty.

"He was like a toy, he felt like a toy," Adan said, describing the baby Jesus, made out of plastic.

Most of the other pieces are built out of plywood and painted to look real.

"It bothers me that I live in a community where somebody would have the nerve to do that," Becerra said. "It doesn't make me proud."

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding those responsible. The City of Frostproof has asked that if someone has the pieces, that they promptly return them to city hall.

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