Stolen Tahoe moose head returned by man who ‘found it’ on side of road |

Stolen Tahoe moose head returned by man who ‘found it’ on side of road

This stuffed moose head was stolen from Sunnyside Resort on Jan. 22.
Courtesy photo |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Sunnyside Resort’s iconic moose head is back home, although those responsible for its month-long hiatus remain at large, officials said.

On Jan, 22, one or more suspects entered the lobby at the West Shore resort and removed the mounted head, “which is an icon for the historic resort,” according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

According to PCSO, a male resident came forward on March 23 to return the head after he “found it on the side of the road near Sunnyside Resort … shortly after the moose head had been reported stolen … and took the head home, not knowing the circumstances surrounding it.”

The head was reportedly damaged, including a broken antler, and is expected to be repaired before being mounted again.

Several media reports of the theft — as well as PCSO’s offer of a $1,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of those responsible — were published last week across Northern California.

“Upon seeing the news story, the citizen contacted the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the property was returned to Sunnyside Resort,” officials said.

Anyone with information on the burglary should contact PCSO Det. John Lasagna in Tahoe City at 530-581-6323.