• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Christ Child Stolen from National Theater

December 23, 2005

THE baby Jesus statue from a nativity scene that traditionally decorates the National Theater gardens in San José in December was stolen last week, according to William Monge, chief of theater restoration.

Monge told journalists that baby Jesus disappeared on the afternoon of Dec. 13 because of carelessness by security guards. Theater officials filed a complaint on Wednesday, although no suspects have been identified yet, according to Monge.

The 80-year-old statue is carved in wood, and authorities fear it might be sold to collectors of religious antiques because similar thefts have occurred in churches across the country in the past.

We are worried about the situation, but have not ruled out the possibility of recovering baby Jesus, Jorge Rojas, director of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), told the daily La Nación.

Although the statue s original value is approximately $800, this could increase greatly because of its antiquity, sources said.

Monge explained that no reward has been offered because theater officials trust that remorse and a bad conscience will drive the thief to return it.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica unemployment rate remains among world’s highest
Costa Rica
2650 views
Costa Rica
2650 views

Costa Rica unemployment rate remains among world’s highest

The Tico Times - April 12, 2021

Unemployment in Costa Rica fell to 18.5% in the moving quarter from December to February, according to the National Institute…

International arrivals to Costa Rica down 83% in first two months of 2021
Costa Rica
1932 views
Costa Rica
1932 views

International arrivals to Costa Rica down 83% in first two months of 2021

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 12, 2021

International arrivals to Costa Rica dropped 83% in January and February 2021 compared to the same months last year. According…

Top 5 risk factors for oral cancer
Dental Tourism
2848 views
Dental Tourism
2848 views

Top 5 risk factors for oral cancer

Terri Goodness / Goodness Dental - April 12, 2021

When you visit the dentist in Costa Rica, you can feel confident that your dentist is looking for cavities, plaque…