Investigation into stolen downtown reindeer not over: Thief sent $340 in cash; decoration was found; but police anxious to know more.

Investigation into stolen downtown reindeer not over: Thief sent $340 in cash; decoration was found; but police anxious to know more.

That reindeer stolen from downtown Rome’s expanded Christmas display last month has been recovered but that doesn’t mean the story’s over — nor the investigation. This update from Rome Police:

Sometime between Dec. 1-4, a Christmas reindeer was stolen from the 500 block of Broad Street. After posting the information on the Rome Police Department Facebook page, the department received an anonymous letter from the person(s) responsible for the theft apologizing for the act. The person(s) enclosed with the letter $340 cash in effort to pay for the reindeer. Efforts are being made to identify the person(s) responsible for the theft and subsequent attempt to pay for the reindeer.

The stolen reindeer was located on Dec. 27 on Fouche Gap Road by Floyd County Public Works. The reindeer had slight damage and was returned to Downtown Development. The original value of the reindeer was $586. The $340.00 was placed into evidence at the Rome Police Department.

Anyone with information about the theft of the reindeer please contact the Rome Police Department at 706-238-5129.

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