CLIFTON - The pastor of a Clifton church says a statue of the infant Jesus was stolen from a brand new nativity scene.

It happened at the Church of Saint Clare on Allwood Road. The statue was stolen sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Father Peter Glabik tells News 12 that the outdoor nativity scene was brand new and was only blessed last weekend. He says the police have been notified and security cameras are being checked.

"People are really upset and angry that someone would do this to a church," Glabik told News 12 in an email. "As pastor, I pray that this person will return the statue of the infant Jesus and this will be over with."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the pastor at 972-777-9313 ext. 223, or to email him at Fr.Peter@SaintClareNJ.com.