Baby Jesus “Burning Party” Averted
"Although Chris is sometimes misguided, this was not something we expected out of him." Misguided Chris was one of four teens arrested for stealing 27 baby Jesus statues from nativity scenes outside churches and homes around Sayreville, New Jersey.
The police said the teens ranging in age from 15 to 19 years-old planned to burn the statues to relieve boredom. "They told us, 'We were going to have a baby Jesus burning party.'" One suspect told detectives, "We just wanted to see their heads burning."
Robert Olson, the father of 18-year-old Chris said “his son is unemployed and working toward resuming his high school education. The teen is on probation for a disorderly persons offense involving a disagreement with a neighbor.
Frank Payne, whose 19-year-old son, Michael, also was charged, said bias was not a factor. "Michael has been hanging around with the wrong people," he said. "He goes to college. He's an outstanding young kid."