A portion of the larger than life Christmas nativity scene that was proudly displayed in Federalsburg now lays in a pile of rubble. (Photo: WBOC)
FEDERALSBURG, Md. - A portion of the larger than life Christmas nativity scene that was proudly displayed in Federalsburg now lays in a pile of rubble.
"I got a call that someone had driven through the nativity scene and it just really chafed me you know, and I knew the residents weren't going to take kindly to this," said Federalsburg Mayor Bill Beall.
Police arrested John Lord and Michael Thomas for the alleged destruction.
"We got some of the Wise Men here, some of the Wise Men over there and two wise guys in jail," Beall said.
The tire marks are still visible from where police say a truck ran up onto the curb and plowed through the nativity scene, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
"They took the camel out and four other animals and all just right in front of the baby Jesus who was watching, probably not real happy," Beall said.
Neighbors couldn't believe their eyes either. They call it an appalling crime.
"That's just terrible, it wasn't very nice or necessary at all," said Cleo Beluah of Federalsburg.
"I think it's disgusting to be quite honest with you," said Steve Amerman, also of Federalsburg. "People tried to do nice things this year and they just run it down, that's not right."
Amerman just hopes this incident does not discourage the town from putting up the nativity display next year.
"I am hoping because of that they don't ruin it for next year for everybody to see because it did bring a lot of people to the town to see," Amerman said.
Beall said he is relieved the suspects got caught.
"Nothing says Happy New Year like putting two grinches in the pokey," he said.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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