The thieves took a liking to figures of lambs and a cow that were nowhere to be seen Monday, mere three days after the Nativity display was unveiled on December 17.

Kropyvnytskyi mayor decried the theft on social media calling it ‘completely nonsensical’.

‘Why would one need it if it is no good for any barbecue’, said the mayor, adding he asked the local police to step up patrolling nearby to scare off thieves and pranksters.


We should have kept this 15 days’ punishment of community service [for such misdemeanor offenses] to have someone sweep the streets afterwards, he added.