Irreplaceable 'Lorax' statue returned to home of late Dr. Seuss
Man confessed to stealing statue to Montana police
Last Updated: 110 days ago
LA JOLLA, Calif. - An irreplaceable bronze statue was returned to the estate of the late Ted Geisel, who is better known as Dr. Seuss.
In March 2012, three men apparently climbed the hill behind the estate belonging to Ted and Audrey Geisel and stole a two-foot, 300-pound bronze statue of the Lorax, a furry tree-loving creature from a children's book of the same name.
Ted Geisel's stepdaughter, Lark Dimond-Cates, sculpted the statue and placed it in her parents' La Jolla backyard in 2000. San Diego police valued the statue at about $10,000.
On Wednesday, out of nowhere, a young man walked into a Montana police station and admitted to the crime. According to reports Dimond-Cates heard, the heist was the result of a few drunken guys celebrating someone's 21st birthday.
Police found the statue buried in some brush less than a mile away from the Geisel estate.
"Not thrilled that you guys left him out there in the cold for a year and a half, but you finally did right," said Dimond-Cates.
Police returned the statue to the estate, and Dimond-Cates was happy the statue wasn't melted down.
"I applaud their their … idea. It was not easy to haul a good-sized, two-feet of bronze attached to a tree stump with a bronze plaque. Good on you guys!" exclaimed a forgiving Dimond-Cates, who told 10News she has reached out to the thief in Montana to express her thanks.
"I get drunken 21-year-old guy pranks," she said. "Don't wait a year and a half the next time you do something like that."
Audrey Geisel was pleased when she heard the Lorax was found, but she declined an interview.
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