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Update: Two Men Cited in Related to Theft of Oversized Lee Corso Game Day Mascot Head
12/06/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) cited two men Monday afternoon in relation to Saturday's theft of an ESPN oversized Lee Corso Game Day mascot head in Corvallis.
 
According to OSP Lieutenant Jeff Lanz, after the missing mascot head was recovered late Monday morning an investigation by Senior Trooper Orly Johnson identified AUGUST MICHAEL ZANE CUNEO, age 26, from Eugene, and ALEXANDER JOSEPH WESTERBERG, age 25, from Harrisburg, as suspects. The investigation alleges CUNEO was walking through the Oregon State University (OSU) Memorial Union Quad near the Game Day broadcast location when he took the mascot head, walked away from the area and hid it in some bushes until WESTERBERG arrived in a car. They placed it in the car and drove to the Eugene area. After having second thoughts, the mascot head was dropped off where it was found this morning by an OSU employee in Harrisburg near his car.
 
The two men were not Oregon State University students. They reportedly had attended the University of Oregon but did not graduate from there. They were cited to appear in Benton County Circuit Court for one count Theft in the First Degree, a Class C felony punishable by up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine up to $125,000.  No photographs of either man are available for this release.
 
The mentioned OSU employee has requested not to be identified in this release.