The person who stole the star off the top of the city’s 30-foot Christmas tree relented — and returned it.
“Boise Police would like to thank the suspect for deciding to do the right thing and returning the star,” police said in a press release Thursday afternoon. “The investigation will be forwarded to the prosecutor for review.”
The thief emailed the Downtown Boise Association on Wednesday, police said. The association referred the person to police, who recovered the star.
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The bad news: It’s damaged.
“Officer Schiffler did find $100 cash attached to the ornament,” the Downtown Boise Association said in a Facebook post Thursday.
The top of the star is bent, and the base is broken, association spokeswoman Lynn Hightower told the Statesman.
The business association is removing the Christmas tree soon, so it plans to donate the $100 to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
A man staying at a hotel on the Grove Plaza used his phone to shoot video of the theft, which occurred around 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
The Downtown Boise Association put out a plea to the public to help recover in the snowflake-shaped star, which is about 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide (including the metal base). The star is valued at about $500.
“Since the Downtown Christmas Tree is a symbol of peace and goodwill, if the person who took the star found that spirit in giving the ornament back, we feel the best outcome is for all of us to share that spirit and be grateful,” the Downtown Boise Association said in its Facebook post.
Boise Police spokeswoman Haley Williams said police do not yet know anything about the person who stole the star because they contacted police via email.
“We do not know their identity,” Williams said.