Spotsylvania woman arrested for theft of baby Jesus

Police released this photo after the figure was found. (Courtesy of Fredericksburg Police)

UPDATE: Fredericksburg Police arrested Amanda Crelia Wednesday morning for her involvement in the theft of the baby Jesus figure.

Crelia, 25, led detectives to the home of her father, where the stolen figure had been hidden.

Crelia’s father was unaware of the stolen property being hidden in his garage.

The Spotsylvania woman, charged with grand larceny, was released on bond.

Friday – 12/16/2011, 9:36am ET

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – An observant citizen helped Fredericksburg detectives find the baby Jesus stolen from the Central Park Shopping Center’s nativity scene.

Police say a citizen led them to a 25-year-old Spotsylvania woman who is suspected in the theft.

The woman posted a photo of the stolen Christ child on her Facebook page, police say.

The citizen printed a photo of it before it was taken down from Facebook. Police were then notified.

Detectives then went to the suspect’s home and recovered the baby Jesus.

Police haven’t charged the woman yet. They say there may be another suspect.

In the mean time, police are working to get the figure back to Rappaport Cos. at Central Park.

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