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Community Creche is Target for Second Year in a Row

Someone spray-painted the infant Jesus statue in Pearl River that men tried to steal last year. UPDATED with comments from Bob Reers from the organizing committee.

According to Orangetown police, the infant Jesus statue in the Pearl River community creche was vandalized at some point early Monday morning.

The statue was spray painted. It was the only figure attacked, according to Orangetown Police Sgt. Gerald Bottari.


After police were alerted to the vandalism, they let community organizers who assemble the creche each year know about it. As of Tuesday afternoon, the spray painted baby Jesus was removed and replaced with a different one.

"It's really heartbreaking," said Bob Reers of the Procession of Children organizing committee. "You feel horrible because it is the (Christmas) season. If you watch, you see how many people come by. It's a lovely experience."

The incident is still under investigation and Reers said there is a $300 reward. Anyone with information about the vandalism can call the Orangetown Police at (845) 359-3700.

“Right now, we’re going to look into it and see what we can find out,” Bottari said.

Last year, Orangetown Police caught two men stealing the baby Jesus statue. Vandals damaged a number of statues within the manger in 2009. 

Watchdog December 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Disgraceful.
Darren Ratner December 26, 2012 at 03:26 PM
This is a hate crime. Why isn't this a bigger story? Would the media reaction be the same if it was the Menorah that was vandalized? There are cameras in that area that were put in place to protect the Menorah, so they must have it on camera.
Anne Iacobuzio December 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Ditto, that's exactly what I was thinking. Why isn't this a bigger story?
Pat Godfrey December 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Government has no respect for believers in Jesus. Every other group it's a big deal, but if you believe in Jesus and your rights are violated. No big deal.
Mike Rodriques December 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
You really think that the government is anti-Jesus? Take a look at the unprecedented protections that the christian religion enjoys in this country.
Nummy December 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Pat Godfrey, how many Christians work for the Government?
Pat Godfrey December 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM
What does the government have to do with it? Hate "CRIMES", legal dept.? Judiciary, you know a government part of our society. Yes I know that the government is anti-christian. You know how I know that, because of what they do. You've heard of Obama care. In it is a provision that all faith based hospitals must perform abortions. You know kill babies. This goes against the beleifs of all faith based medical facilities. Same sex marriage making clergy in the military and other government organizations must perform them even if it is against their "religion". Not allowing any mention of God in the public school system. In October people were arrested for kneeling down and praying in front of the White House. There is a push to take churches off the tax free status from the IRS. Should I keep going? So yes the government is anti-christian and getting progressively more so. As for how many Christians work in the government it doesn't matter because their rights are getting stepped on like every other Christian.
donjuancornhollio December 27, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Faith shouldn't play a role on who can get abortions where. Its a flaw in Christianity that needs to be corrected. Women can make their own choices with their bodies. If church hospitals want govt money, then they can't force religion into peoples lives. Who are you aor a religion to tell me what to do with my body? When you do that it gives me a disdain for you and your christianity. Who the heck are you? You try to infringe my rights I will step on your religion all day. Don't pray on the sidewalk. You may get in my way while I walk to get an abortion. HA. THe govt should be anti anything that supports religion. They are supposed ot be seperaste. Don't you see that is what will protect us from the nut cases in the mid east? Pat LOL.
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john farnsworth December 27, 2012 at 07:31 AM
This is ouright blasphemy!
Gannicus December 28, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Nyack Resident, of course it is!!! Look who's in power. I bet if it were a Menorah or Koran that was spray painted someone would be apologizing.
Watchdog December 28, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Selective censoring
Watchdog December 28, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It is not the Woman's body, it is the live baby inside the womans body. Your failure to describe it properly is very telling.
Watchdog December 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Only because you live in Nyack where normal behavior is tripping over the unwashed with guitars on main street.
Bob Reers January 03, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Infant Jesus vandalism - reward increased to $1,000 Anyone with information about the vandalism can call the Orangetown Police at (845) 359-3700. It would help if you will forward this email onto your email list. Let's hope this will bring the person responsible for the vandalism to justice.

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