Security cameras had been installed in Santiago’s Plaza del Obradoiro specifically to prevent nativity figure thefts after the infant Jesus was snatched last year as a protest against home evictions.
On that occasion, Jesus was discovered “sleeping” in a bank next to an ATM “like so many other anonymous citizens”, according to the anti-eviction Fartas collective.
Local Security Councillor Luis Bello thanked the cooperation of Santiago citizens, saying that it was "important" that such acts "should not be repeated,” according to Spanish daily El Mundo.
But myrrh-thless officials were left fuming when the royal robbers struck again, spiriting Balthazar away from his place at the manger on Friday morning.
The return of the king was reported via a telephone call from a citizen who announced that the newly politicized monarch was outside the door of the offices of the General Secretariat for Emigration, bearing a sign denouncing the controversial razor wire installations at the border of Morocco and Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla.
The wire has been described as barbaric by some commentators who claim that it is inflicting wounds on desperate migrants.
Balthazar has been returned, undamaged, to his habitual location.