An equine yard decoration stolen from an Alpine woman's backyard has been found, thanks to the kindness of a man who saw the horse and called San Diego County Sheriff's deputies.
On Aug. 8, a thief trotted off with a brass and copper horse statue, which officials say has become a "fixture" in the neighborhood over the past six months.
The $650, custom-made bronco was sitting in the 700 block of Clayburn Court when it was stolen.
The statue was returned to its rightful owner Saturday after it was found near the 700 block of South Glen Oaks Road in Alpine. The driver saw the horse statue on the side of the road as he passed by and called deputies after recognizing it from a community safety bulletin.
The horse statue has some dents but is otherwise undamaged, officials said. It is unclear as to why the statue was found on the side of the road, and there are no security cameras in the area.
The sturdy stallion weighs about 30 pounds and stands 2.5 feet tall and 3.5 feet long from its nose to its metal wisps of a tail.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about the incident, call the Alpine Sheriff's Station at 619-659-2600.