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Sheriffs charge 5 with Va. nativity scene theft

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 10:38am  ET

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The Bedford County Sheriff's Department posted this photo of a group of teens posing with nativity figures on its website. Five teenagers are facing charges they stole and then destroyed a nativity scene from a church in Bedford County.(Courtesy Bedford County Sheriff)

FOREST, Va. - Five teenagers are facing charges they stole and then destroyed a nativity scene from a church in Bedford County in Southwestern Virginia.

According to media reports, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said the five were arrested Tuesday after the 12-piece Christmas scene was reported missing over the weekend from Shiloh United Methodist Church in Forest.

The sheriff's office released a photo of the teens that showed them posing with the figures.

The set had an estimated worth of $2,000 to $2,500.

The teenagers face charges of grand larceny, trespass and property damage.

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