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New Twist On Nativity Thefts: Where's Mary?

A Raleigh couple is taking a philosophical stance on an unusual theft. They're wondering who stole a stone-carved figure of the Virgin Mary from their nativity scene.

The Reverend John Upham Junior and his wife, Madge, noticed the statue was gone Sunday as they came home from church. The baby Jesus -- usually the target of such heists was fine, because they hadn't put him in the manger yet.

The Uphams tried to bluff the thief, putting up a sign that said they had film of the theft. It didn't work, and Mary's still M-I-A.

But the couple didn't lose faith. Madge Upham said it's not a holiday about ornaments or decorations. In her words, "Christmas is in your heart."


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