June 23 (UPI) -- A thief who stole a mummified toe used in a Canadian hotel's signature cocktail returned the bizarre ingredient and offered an apology.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Yukon announced the "sour toe," used in the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City's "sourtoe cocktail," had been returned.
"On Tuesday afternoon, June 20, Dawson City RCMP received a phone call from the alleged suspect, stating that he had placed the toe in the mail, addressed to the Downtown Hotel," police said. "The man then called the Downtown Hotel and provided the same message to staff, along with a verbal apology."
The sour toe was first reported missing on Sunday, when staff at the hotel's Sourdough Saloon said a man from Quebec with a French accent bragged about plans to steal the toe before it disappeared.
Hotel manager Geri Coulbourn said the bar had back-up toes, but the one that was stolen had been cured in salt for six months after it was recently donated by a man who had it surgically removed.
Police said the hotel received a package early on Thursday morning and RCMP Cpl. Jeff Myke was present to ensure it was safe to open.
"Located inside the package was an apology letter, as well as the stolen toe," police said. "At the time that the package was opened, the toe was believed to be in good condition."
No charges are expected to be filed in the case. The hotel's policy states anyone guilty for stealing a sour toe will be fined up to $2,500, but management previously stated the fine would be waived if the toe was returned safely.