Nelsonís armadillo returned after theft

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) ó 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 Olí Dillo, vanished while audience members were greeting Nelson after a Monday night concert.


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


Boland said he was outside the hotel Tuesday when an apologetic man drove up and handed him a shoebox and instructions to return it to Nelson. Boland said the armadillo was inside and was sent to the singer in California.


Willie Nelsonís armadillo returned after theft