Posted: Aug 22, 2013 5:48 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 5:53 PM
Bozeman Police were involved in finding a rare statue stolen from Mrs. Dr. Seuss.
Robert Vanuka, a detective with Bozeman PD, said, "When he says I stole the Lorax, you know, I have a ten-year-old boy, so I'm like okay you took a book? No, I took the entire bronze statue."
This 2-feet, 300-pound Lorax statue was stolen from the estate of Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss's widow.
On August 15th, a 22-year-old man walked into the Bozeman Police Department and gave Detective Robert Vanuka specific details about the crime.
Vanuka said the man was overwhelmed with guilt after loading the statue into his truck and ditching it in a ravine.
He gave precise details for finding the Lorax, which led to the successful recovery of the statue.
"..Very surprised," Vanuka said. "And when it turned out that they were able to locate it with his help and specific directions, absolutely pleased."
The statue is one of two in the world and is worth about $10,000. The statue was made by his step-daughter 15 years ago.
It is now back at the oceanfront home in California, with Mrs. Dr. Seuss.