Dr. Seuss’ Lorax statue stolen from Geisel’s La Jolla estate found in canyon

The Lorax statue stolen from the estate of Audrey Geisel more than a year ago was located Wednesday and returned.

A 2-foot-tall, 300-pound “Lorax” statue stolen from the oceanfront La Jolla home of Dr. Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel, more than a year ago was found Wednesday, Aug. 21, and returned to the Geisel estate.

Geisel and a groundskeeper had noticed the custom-made bronze statue, valued at around $10,000 and crafted to resemble the title character of the 1971 children’s book written by Theodore Geisel using the pen name Dr. Seuss, was missing from the garden of the estate on Encelia Drive on March 26, 2012.

The chain of events that led to the recovery of the figurine began last week when a 22-year-old man walked into a police station in Bozeman, Montana, and stated he had knowledge of crimes committed there, in San Diego and in Hawaii, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

The information he provided led detectives to a canyon area covered in thick brush off the 7500 block of Country Club Drive in La Jolla, where the statue was recovered about 9:30 a.m. and returned to the Geisel estate, according to the lieutenant.

Mayer said the investigation into who took the statue was ongoing and charges were pending. He asked anyone with information to call police at (858) 522-1700, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service

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2 Comments for “Dr. Seuss’ Lorax statue stolen from Geisel’s La Jolla estate found in canyon”

  1. La Jollan

    Encilia Drive is on Mt Soledad. None of those homes are “oceanfront”.

    Ocean view? Yes. Oceanfront? No.

  2. neighbor

    What a great day.
    Why did the Lorax go away?
    Now it’s here to stay.
    Hoo ray Hooray Hooray

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