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George Jones’ Xmas Display Stolen

November 24, 2000

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) _ Wooden Christmas figures were stolen from the front lawn of country singer George Jones, marring an annual Christmas display popular with sightseers.

Jones and his wife, Nancy, discovered the theft of decorations depicting Santa, a cow and a choir of carolers Sunday but didn’t report it to police, said family spokeswoman Verbalene Simpson.

``George was saying don’t mess with it. He says he hates to make a big deal about it and that we probably won’t get them back anyway,″ Simpson said. ``Nancy wants everybody to know that they do it for the kids.″

Two years ago, a gold-plated eagle statue was stolen from their estate at Christmas, but was returned three days later.

Jones, 69, is known for hits like ``I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair″ and ``He Stopped Loving Her Today.″

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