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Coral Gables nativity scene vandalized, baby Jesus stolen


Coral Gables police have asked the public for any clues about who stole the cornerstone of a city nativity scene Wednesday and vandalized the surrounding statues.

The vandals, police said, sprayed the statues with blue and yellow paint and stole the baby Jesus from the nativity scene at 121 Alhambra Plaza.

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

“We are deeply concerned and saddened by the events of vandalism,” the company said in a statement. “The building management is working closely with the authorities in their investigation.”

The baby Jesus statue is valued at about $2,500.

The remaining statues have been cleaned. Police asked anyone with information to call 305-442-1600 or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477.