UPDATE: Tiger statue stolen from Trail Dust Town returned

The group said it won’t press charges

UPDATE: Tiger statue stolen from Trail Dust Town returned
Jessica Wills poses with her tiger statue typically displayed at Trail Dust Town. The statue was stolen from its home in April 2020 but returned a few days later. (Source: Jessica Wills)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A metal tiger statue stolen from Trail Dust Town earlier this week was returned to its rightful owner Thursday afternoon.

The news of the tiger’s return came in a Facebook post from the owner, Jessica Wills.

“THE TIGER IS BACK!!! 🐅You did it Tucson!!!Our tiger was returned this afternoon. He has less paint but is undamaged. The tiger is “off-exhibit” right meow and resting after his stressful cat-napping. Thank you for all the shares and comments. We are certain that is the reason he was returned to us,” the post stated.

In a previous post, Trail Dust Town officials said they wouldn’t press charges if the cat was returned without damage. Wills said a man returned the tiger at 1:30 p.m. April 30.

“He was returned to the property a little after 1:30. A man knocked on our office door with the tiger in his truck and returned it,” Wills said. “... We are so thankful that all of the good people of Tucson rallied behind us! We are a people of our word ... as promised, no charges will be pressed.”

The statue was originally owned by the late owner of Pinnacle Peak and was loved by children who visited the area.

For more information, visit the Trail Dust Town Facebook page.

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