Some wise guys swiped the three wise men from a Lawrence coupleÃ¢ÂÂs nativity scene.
The thieves also heisted Jesus, Mary, Joseph, three shepherds and the animals that had been around the manger of the larger-than-life, front yard creche in the 400 block of Cattleman Court in west Lawrence.
Ã¢ÂÂMy wife walked outside just after 6 this morning and noticed it was all gone,Ã¢ÂÂ Ken Meyer said Tuesday. Ã¢ÂÂAll I could think is this is not a good way to start off the holiday.Ã¢ÂÂ
It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt the first time Patricia and Ken Meyer have fallen victim to yuletide chicanery.
Ã¢ÂÂTwo other times someone has taken the baby Jesus. The first time we had to buy a new one. The second time the thief actually brought the baby back,Ã¢ÂÂ Ken Meyer said.
This time the Meyers fear they may not be so lucky.
Ã¢ÂÂI have a feeling we will never see our belongings again,Ã¢ÂÂ Meyer said.
For years the nativity scene has been a part of the Meyer family tradition.
Ã¢ÂÂOn Thanksgiving night every year we put up our tree, the lights, and of course the nativity scene,Ã¢ÂÂ Meyer said. Ã¢ÂÂI cut out all of the pieces, and over the years my wife has been painting everything in order to make it look perfect.Ã¢ÂÂ
The nativity scene had more than a dozen figures made from wood. Some stood about 9 feet tall. WhatÃ¢ÂÂs left after the heist is the stable with two angels overlooking the place where the Holy Family used to be. A donkey, a camel and three sheep also survived.
Now the couple is faced with knowing they may have to start all over.
Ã¢ÂÂIf no one steps forward, we will go ahead and leave what we have up and then come spring start making everything over again,Ã¢ÂÂ Meyer said. Ã¢ÂÂAt least they waited until after our cul-de-sac Christmas party.Ã¢ÂÂ
The couple erected a large sign at the creche advising passersby theyÃ¢ÂÂve been robbed and asking anyone who knows anything about the theft to either return the items or contact the police.