A prank nearly went wrong when it was reported that heartless kidnappers had stolen a life-sized baby Jesus from a church nativity scene and demanded a EUR 10,000 ransom.
The pranksters celebrating Spain´s Day Of The Innocents ( the Spanish equivalent of April Fools Day) when pranks and real fake news abound nearly found themselves in hot water before the joke dawned.
The “kidnappers” mocked police in a video demanding the cash, saying Jesus was no longer safe in their hands.
A TikTok account created by them shows posts giving their demands made with their faces covered and their voices distorted.
They also posted a video showing three of them fleeing with baby Jesus using electric scooters.
According to the pranksters, the model of the infant Christ has been guarded by police after a previous kidnap at the church in Barbera del Vallas, a suburb of Barcelona.
But on the night of the theft on 28th December, police had left the baby in its crib, local mayor -who may have been in on the joke – Xavier Garces, told local media.
Now church leaders fear they may have to cancel their Epiphany service on 6th January!
Police are not investigating the theft.