A baby Jesus statue was stolen from a church Nativity scene in Modesto, forcing the pastor to use a children's doll in its place.

The theft took place Dec. 17 at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

“Jesus was missing and we went looking. We looked in the bushes, we looked around the corner. No Jesus to be found,” Pastor Ryan Cortright told Fox 40.

Although some parishioners are outraged, Pastor Cortright says he is taking the theft in stide.

“I guess it makes me laugh, that that’s how far people have gone, but steal the true meaning? They can’t steal Jesus from us and what he did for us, so I don’t think our members are too worried about it,” Cortright said.

Police are investigating.

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