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Suspect comes forward in case

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Police have identified the man they said stole a decorative baby Jesus statue from its manger in a nativity scene in front of a local business.

A Huntington man came forward to Huntington Police Detective Chris Sperry Wednesday evening claiming he had stolen the statue just before 1 a.m. Friday from a building in the 1100 block of 5th Avenue.

However, he also told Sperry he couldn't remember where he left the statue because he was drunk during the incident.

Sperry would not confirm the man's identity, and no warrants had been issued for the man's arrest Wednesday.

The man led detectives to an apartment in Huntington where he thought he left the statue, but a search of the residence yielded no result, Sperry said.

The nativity scene is set up in front of a building which serves as the administrative offices for McDonald's restaurants in Ashland and the Huntington area, and local McDonald's operator, Tom Wolfe told The Herald-Dispatch earlier this week he believes a minimum of 40 hours community service would be an appropriate punishment.