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Crime Stoppers offering $1,000 reward in Los Osos bear vandalism case

The bear statue on South Bay Boulevard in Los Osos is missing part of its snout after a vandal struck sometime Wednesday night. The statue's control panel was also damaged.
The bear statue on South Bay Boulevard in Los Osos is missing part of its snout after a vandal struck sometime Wednesday night. The statue's control panel was also damaged.

Crime Stoppers announced Wednesday the offering of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in the vandalism of the Los Osos bear statue on South Bay Boulevard.

On Feb. 25, vandals struck the statue, breaking off a large chunk of the bear’s snout. A control panel attached to the back of the structure was also smashed. Several weeks earlier, a solar panel used to power the structure’s lighting was stolen.

Crime Stoppers announced the reward Wednesday. An anonymous donor has also pledged a $1,000 reward through the Rotary Club of Los Osos, which maintains the statue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550 or Crime Stoppers 549-STOP. Text tips can also be made by messaging SLOTIPS.

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