Coral Gables

Baby Jesus found in Coral Gables; thieves on the loose

The missing Baby Jesus of Coral Gables has been found, police said.

The nativity scene statue, valued at about $2,500, was stolen Wednesday, causing a stir in the Gables community.

Baby Jesus was found on Navarre Avenue and later impounded at the Coral Gables Police Department on Friday.

“It was because of the public’s awareness and help that the statue was discovered,” Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak said. “Thanks to an alert Miami-Dade police officer and his wife who live in Coral Gables who saw the stories about the missing Baby Jesus, which led to the recovery.”

The thieves—who have yet to be caught— police said, sprayed the statues with blue and yellow paint and stole the Baby Jesus from the nativity scene at 121 Alhambra Plaza. They were later cleaned.

The property is owned by the Allen Morris Co., a real estate firm that manages Alhambra Towers.

“The owner ...was notified via telephone of the possible recovery of Baby Jesus,” according to a statement.

Police are asking anyone with information on who stole Baby Jesus to call 305-442-1600 or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477.