(WCVB) — HAVERHILL, Mass. —Haverhill police said the theft of a Jesus and replacing it with a severed pig's head may be treated as a hate crime.
Police said a Jesus statue was stolen from a Nativity scene in front of Sacred Hearts Church on South Main Street and replaced with a real pig's head. The discovery was made early Christmas morning.
The FBI is now assisting the Haverhill Police Department with the investigation and said the statue was stolen sometime after midnight mass ended at 1:30 a.m., and before volunteers returned at 5:30 a.m. Christmas morning.
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