Actor Troy Kotsur’s vehicle, with Oscar inside, stolen and recovered in Mesa

Aug 15, 2022, 10:49 AM | Updated: 10:50 am

PHOENIX – Just days after Troy Kotsur received the key to the city from his hometown, the groundbreaking actor’s vehicle, with his Oscar inside, was stolen and recovered in Mesa, authorities said.

Kotsur, who won this year’s Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in best picture winner “CODA,” reported his 2022 Jeep Gladiator stolen on Saturday.

Investigators located the truck the same day, with two 14-year-old male suspects inside, Mesa police said.

“The two juveniles admitted to the theft and were charged with theft of means of transportation,” Sgt. Charles Trapani said in a statement. “They were remanded to the custody of the Maricopa County juvenile court system. Because of their age, we will not be releasing their names.”

The Jeep and its contents, including the gold-plated Oscar, were returned to Kotsur, the second deaf person, and first deaf man, to win an Academy Award for acting.

Kotsur, 54, also won a Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Gotham Award, Independent Spirit Award and BAFTA Award for his performance in “CODA” as Frank Rossi, a father in a deaf family with a hearing daughter. The movie’s title is an acronym for “child of deaf adults.”

During a ceremony at the Mesa Arts Center on Thursday, Mayor John Giles honored Kotsur for his achievements with a key to the city.

“We’re beyond proud of Troy’s accomplishments and so thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate him in his hometown,” Giles said. “Troy’s story is one of perseverance and he sets a remarkable example of dedication and commitment in achieving one of the highest honors of his field.”

Kotsur’s late father, Leonard, served as Mesa’s police chief in the 1980s.

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