UPDATE: FOREST, Va. (AP) - Five teenagers are facing charges they stole and then destroyed a nativity scene from a church in Bedford County.
According to media reports, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said the five were arrested Tuesday after the 12-piece Christmas scene was reported missing over the weekend from Shiloh United Methodist Church in Forest.
The sheriff's office released a photo of the teens that showed them posing with the figures.
The set had an estimated worth of $2,000 to $2,500.
The teenagers face charges of grand larceny, trespass and property damage.
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FOREST, Va. (AP) - An empty manger and a lamb are the only remnants of a nativity scene outside a Bedford County church.
According to media reports, the county sheriff's office is seeking the thief or thieves who walked away with figures of the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the three wise men, and array of barnyard animals.
The figures were part of a nativity scene outside the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Forest. Some of the figures are a half-century old and were recently repainted.
They turned up missing Monday morning.
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