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April 4, 2011 (Ramona) -- A stolen bronze moose statue from Ramona was recovered in a vacant field on March 30, about a mile from the 2800 block of Willow Oak Drive where it was stolen sometime between February 15 and 23. The area is located at the intersection of Dye Road and Southern Oak Road and is frequently used by people who ride and train horses.


A watchful citizen made the discovery and contacted the Sheriff’s Department after reading  media articles about the theft of several statues in our region.


Earlier that same day, in Oceanside, another citizen reported he had located a metal statue
of three children behind an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Skylark Drive on March
28th. At the time, this particular statue has not been reported stolen. Again, this citizen called law
enforcement because of the media coverage regarding the thefts, according to San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore’s office.


“Due to the watchful and diligent efforts of the citizens in San Diego, law enforcement is  able to reunite property to its rightful owners,”Melissa Aquino with the Sheriff’s office said, adding that the thefts are still under investigation. Citizens are advised to call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 to report any unusual activity or circumstances.