The missing baby Jesus figurine from the St. Boniface Church nativity scene display in Edwardsville has been found and the Edwardsville Police have made an arrest in the case. The figurine was reported missing on January 4th and is believed to have been taken sometime during the week of Christmas.
25-year-old Matthew J. Fellhauer of Florissant, MO, was arrested on Friday for one count of Criminal Damage to Property and one count of Theft Under $500 in connection with the incident.
After the suspect was identified during the investigation, police learned through social media that the
Jesus figurine may have been left on the grounds of the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville. A citizen visiting the Watershed Nature Center found the Jesus figurine on Thursday and returned it to St. Boniface Church. The figurine had sustained
damage to one of the arms. The alleged offenses are both class A misdemeanors. Fellhauer was released and is scheduled to appear at the Madison County Courthouse.