MARLOWE, W.Va. - An angel was the only figure not stolen last weekend from a nativity scene on display at a Christian retreat center in Berkeley County.
"The manger is empty here," said Joe Quesenberry, a year-round resident at Potomac Park Camp off U.S. 11. near Marlowe, W.Va.
The illuminated figures of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, wise men, shepherds, sheep, donkeys, camels and horses were taken from Potomac District Council Assemblies of God's camp ministry facility late Saturday or early Sunday, according to the center's manager Doug Sachs and Quesenberry.
Both men would rather not file a police report and hope the figures are returned.
"We haven't done that as of yet," Sachs said Tuesday night. The Rev. Stephen Fountain, the camp ministries director for the Gainesville, Va.-based district council of churches, wasn't available to comment Tuesday, but Sachs said his supervisor would ultimately decide whether to file a report detailing the loss with police.