ADA — It might not go down as the crime of the century, but someone vandalized a nativity scene in Ada earlier this week, according to the Rev. Gary Brandt, pastor of First Lutheran Church.

When city officials balked at putting up a nativity scene in Wintersmith Park a couple of years ago, members of Ada Area Christian Ministerial Alliance devised an alternate plan. A thousand dollars later they had a hand-made scene with painted plywood figurines.

Dr. Roy Doty, whose Scenic Drive home borders Wintersmith Park, offered to display the nativity scene in his front yard.

“Dr. Doty was walking past it Tuesday and noticed that the ‘Baby Jesus’ figure was missing,” Brandt said. “All the other pieces are still there — Mary and Joseph, three shepherds, three wise men, some cows and sheep.”

Brandt is disheartened by the vandalism, but he has retained his sense of humor.

“I want everybody to be on the lookout for Baby Jesus,” he said. “Everyone should know that He is alive and doing well. My wife — in jest — suggested an Amber Alert be issued.”

Brandt said the missing figure is about two feet wide and one foot tall.

“We’ve been trying to contact the gentleman who did the artwork on our nativity scene so that he can make another Baby Jesus, but we haven’t reached him yet,” he said. “I guess something like this is just a sign of the times. Whoever did this probably tossed it into the lake and just dumped it somewhere.”

If anyone finds the plywood figure, he or she should phone Brandt at (580) 332-3433 or Doty at 332-5422.

Brandt said he did not report the incident to the Ada Police Department.

“It’s not going to spoil our celebration of the birth of Jesus,” Brandt said. “But it just makes you wonder who would do this and why.”

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