A Woodside neighborhood is asking the public to help reunite them with their beloved Nativity scene, which was stolen from a local yard on New Year's Eve.
The neighborhood, located near the intersection of Cañada and Woodside roads, has been displaying the Nativity scene for local passers-by to enjoy for many years, and many longtime residents have become accustomed to seeing and enjoying it during the holidays each year.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft.
"These items have great nostalgic and sentimental value to the community members," said Detective Rebecca Rosenblatt.
Rosenblatt said the collection of Nativity figurines were stolen from within a wooden manger, situated for local citizens and passers-by to view. Taken during the theft were painted plastic figurines of Joseph, the Virgin Mary, Baby Jesus, kings, shepherds and farm animals, all between 20 to 30 inches tall.
Rosenblatt said, the community has been very supportive and eager to help the Woodside family recover their beloved display.
"Since word of this crime has spread, there has been an outpouring of support from members of the community, with offers of money to replace the statues," she said, adding that the total value of the display is estimated at approximately $1,600.
Rosenblatt said, the reason the Sheriff's Office has not reported this crime to the public until now - 10 days after the display was stolen - because, "the victims were hoping that whoever took the set would perhaps bring it back - which did not happen."
Therefore, she said, "The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public in locating the stolen Nativity scene."
Anyone with information about the theft or the current whereabouts of any of the figurines is asked to contact Detective Bridget Hensley at 650-363-4051 or the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Witness Line at 1-800-547-2700.
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