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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Less than a day after the story aired on KWWL, the baby Jesus figurine that was stolen from the nativity outside of Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque was returned. 

Patrick Andera, communications coordinator with the church, said they found the figurine in the grass at the church this morning, and "we'll go with that." 

He said they're happy to have it back.

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A Grinch is on the loose in Dubuque. 

A woman was caught on camera Friday night stealing a baby Jesus figurine from the Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque.  The church reported the theft to the police Monday afternoon.

The figurine itself cost about $250, but Patrick Andera, communications coordinator for the church, said it means more that just the money.

"What really bothered us," he said, "is that it was a memorial gift from some members for their deceased parent."

This isn't the first time the church has dealt with this type of theft.  Two years ago, someone stole the baby Jesus figurine, along with some wise men, Andera said. They did find one of the wise men near a hospital, but never recovered the other figurines.

That prompted them to install an outdoor camera and focus it on where the manger scene is.  The video clearly shows a woman in the passenger seat of an SUV getting out, running up to the scene and taking the baby Jesus.  She gets back in, and the SUV drives away.

They don't know who it is, yet, but Andera said they're also using social media to try to catch the culprit. 

"We had over 200 shares and a lot of comments," he said of the photo they posted to their Facebook page.

He also said a lot of the members in the congregation are upset about the theft.  But despite the feeling, Andera said they just want it back.

"What we're really hoping for is to just get it back. We're not trying to send anyone to jail necessarily, we just want it back for that family."

If you have any information about who the woman is, you're encouraged to call the Dubuque Police.

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