Willie Nelson's armadillo returned after theft

Willie Nelson's armadillo returned after theft

Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Willie Nelson arrives on the red carpet for the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2014.

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 9:09 PM

HENDERSON, Nevada -- A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las Vegas-area show.

Officials at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson say the critter, named Ol' Dillo, vanished while audience members were greeting Nelson after a Monday night concert.

Westin marketing director Matt Boland says Nelson's crew called in the middle of the night from the road, asking the resort to scour surveillance footage after the mascot went missing.

Boland says he was outside the hotel Tuesday morning when an apologetic man drove up and handed him a shoebox and instructions to return it to Nelson.

Boland says the armadillo was inside and has been sent to the singer in California.

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