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Missing head of Baby Jesus statue found in dumpster

PORTLAND, Ore. - The missing head of a Baby Jesus statue that was stolen from The Grotto earlier this week was found in a dumpster behind a Northeast Portland motel, police said.


Someone destroyed several 100-year-old old marble statues of the Baby Jesus, Joseph and angels on Friday.


Police said a person who was staying at the Travel Lodge, located at 3828 NE 82nd Avenue, called them on Saturday when they found the Baby Jesus head in a motel dumpster.


Officers returned the missing head to Father Jack Topper of The Grotto.


The Grotto is a 62-acre Catholic shrine in Northeast Portland. It is open to the public.


Police are still looking for the Joseph statue's head.


Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information about the crime that leads to an arrest.


You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

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