Today, we use a GPS to locate Baby Jesus

When Baby Jesus disappears from a Nativity scene, he might be wearing a tracking device:

For two consecutive years, thieves made off with the baby Jesus figurine in Wellington, a town of 60,000 in Palm Beach County, Fla. The ceramic original, donated by a local merchant, was made in Italy and worth about $1,800...

Last year, officials took a GPS unit normally used to track the application of mosquito spray and implanted it in the latest replacement figurine. After that one disappeared, sheriff's deputies quickly tracked it down.

It's sad that the world has come to this, but nice to know that technology is helping to make the world a slightly better place.

Comments (12)
  1. Henrik says:

    I guess some people just see it as a tradition to steel the Baby Jesus. Or at least trying to start one.

    Just like it is tradition to burn down the giant straw goat in Gävle, Sweden. Even though it is quite illegal to do so.

    (incidentally there is an "In popular culture" section in that article)

  2. So in 2008 years we’ve gone from using a star to using a satellite…

  3. nathan_works says:

    They don’t talk about the fines/prison sentence for the thieves, interestingly enough..

    [The case most likely has not yet gone to trial. -Raymond]
  4. bramster says:

    To be announced soon:   The GPS will include a time machine so that they will actually be able to tell where baby jesus came from.

  5. John says:

    This is a perfect example of results driven development.  After their prayers went unanswered the first time, they went to a more proven and reliable technology.  The next logical step is to attach lasers to His head.  Unfortunately, this will lead to an arms race.  Eventually Baby Jesus will have to be surrounded by land mines and machine guns, and the true meaning of Christmas will have been lost.

  6. ola ! says:


    I’m sure its going to be a hologram in a couple of years.

  7. Jim says:

    Well, it’s what the GPS for. I can imagine that very soon, there will be an online program which a user can buy to track everything or people. Put the GPS on that thing or person and you can watch their movement online!!!

  8. JustinS says:

    Ooooh….   So THAT’S what the preacher guy meant when he asked me if I’d found Jesus…

  9. shadytrees says:

    In related news, local police find Heaven.

  10. Rick C says:

    @Jim:  you can already get such things for children or cars.

  11. Andrea D'Alessandro says:

    Today, Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar would not have to follow the bright star in order to find Bethlehem. They would have a TomTom GPS installed on their chameleons.

  12. Leo Petr says:

    Where’s your messiah now, Wellingtonians?

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