Missing head of Baby Jesus statue found in dumpster

Missing head of Baby Jesus statue found in dumpster
Somebody cut the head off this statue of Joseph at The Grotto in NE Portland. (Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The missing head of a Baby Jesus statue that was stolen from The Grotto earlier this week was found in a dumpster behind a Northeast Portland motel, police said.

Someone destroyed several 100-year-old old marble statues of the Baby Jesus, Joseph and angels on Friday.

Police said a person who was staying at the Travel Lodge, located at 3828 NE 82nd Avenue, called them on Saturday when they found the Baby Jesus head in a motel dumpster.

Officers returned the missing head to Father Jack Topper of The Grotto.

The Grotto is a 62-acre Catholic shrine in Northeast Portland. It is open to the public.

Police are still looking for the Joseph statue's head.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information about the crime that leads to an arrest.

You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.