(NEW YORK POST) At St. Anthony of Padua church in Soho, baby Jesus is on lockdown.
The church discovered the hard way that security measures were necessary about 11 years ago, when the Jesus sculpture in the churchyard’s Houston Street-facing nativity scene was stolen – twice.
“We have a 5-foot wrought-iron fence – someone athletic could easily jump over it,” the Rev. Joseph F. Lorenzo says.
Since then, the church has installed a bolt in the fiberglass Jesus’s back and attached it by chain to a nearby stone to thwart Christmas Grinches. For good measure, St. Anthony’s added a few security cameras that, like the heavenly father himself, watch over the manger day and night.