Sign stolen from home near Camelback Mountain returned to owner

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 9:57 AM

PHOENIX -- A piece of Valley history is back where it belongs.

Last month a tin sign that reads "El Oeste Lodge" went missing from a home near Camelback Road and 56h Street in Phoenix. The residence was built in 1924 and was one of the first in the Camelback Mountain area. It is believed that many celebrities once stayed at the lodge.

The sign is approximately 80 years old.

Nearly two weeks later, a man biking with some friends found the sign sitting next to a Dumpster near 44th Street and Camelback Road. He came back to get it not knowing what it was.

A friend recognized the sign and they tracked down the owner, Mary Staymates. Police said she is overjoyed that the sign was returned.

The man wishes to remain anonymous.

He said it just feels really good to be able to do the right thing.

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