Lisa Fernandez

$1,000 Reward Offered For Missing Ahwahnee Sign at Yosemite

The National Park Service on Wednesday offered a $1,000 reward for any information regarding the theft of Yosemite's famous Ahwahnee Hotel sign.

The sign was first reported stolen in February, according to park service spokesman Scott Gediman.

The historic Ahwahnee Hotel was recently renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel after a year-long naming rights and trademark battle. The transition to the new concessionaire occurred on March 1.

The theft “seems like more than a coincidence,” Gediman said.

The sign was made in 1930.

 Anyone caught with the sign could be charged with up to two felonies, Gediman said, including malicious mischief and/or theft of government property.  There are six possible misdemeanors that could be charged, Gediman said, including possession of an archeological resource. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 209-372-0246.

NBC Bay Area's Henry Mulak contributed to this report.

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