Guido the Italian Sausage is safe and sound. But not before this bizarre story took another twist.

Two people ran into T.J. Ryan's bar in downtown Cedarburg, Wis., on Wednesday night and dropped off the stolen costume, the bar confirmed to As the two were sprinting out the door, they told the bartender that she "didn’t see anything."

The Italian Sausage was stolen Feb. 16 and spent that night barhopping throughout Cedarburg. Valued at $3,000, the costume was in the new multi-purpose building that houses the Milwaukee Curling Club during the city's Winter Fest when it was stolen from a back room, Cedarburg police detective Jeff Vahsholtz told

The thief then made an appearance, posing with fans in full costume sometime between 8:50 and 9:30 p.m. at T.J. Ryan's. Around midnight, the seven-foot costume was spotted at The Roadhouse bar in the Town of Cedarburg.

Police have been searching for both the costume and the thief ever since, but the Italian Sausage made no public appearances prior to Wednesday night.

Though somebody stealing one of Milwaukee-based Klement's Sausage's famous racing sausage costumes could generate a giggle from Milwaukee Brewers fans used to seeing the mascots race at games, Cedarburg police weren't viewing it as a laughing matter.

While the costume has been returned, the investigation into who stole the costume is still ongoing.

"We are looking at it as a theft," Vahsholtz said. "It would be no different than if you came in and stole my riding lawn mower or something out of my house."