A MASCOT stolen from a Henley charity shop has been returned by the thief.
The apologetic woman also left a note explaining that she had taken the toy dog for some children.
Dachsie, a life-sized dachshund model, was taken from the window display at the Blue Cross store in Duke Street in November.
After the theft, store manager Vikki Tee appealed for the return of Dachsie in the Henley Standard and put a sign in the shop window together with a copy of the article.
Miss Tee found the toy, which is used to display harnesses and other accessories, at the bottom of a bag of donations on Wednesday last week.
She said: “I’ve been so happy since I found him. I’ve been carrying him around with me all day.
“He was at the bottom of three bags of donations left the night before, wrapped inside a towel. As I was sorting it I thought I saw his bottom. Then I pulled it out and it was.”
The note read: “Borrowed for children who wanted a little dog. Been well loved but could not get back to Henley before now. Sorry.”
Dachsie still had the lead he was wearing when he vanished but some of the barcode label had been removed. Miss Tee added: “From now on he won’t be going in the window, he will be behind the counter.
“It will be good to have him back to help to sell things. People have been asking every day since he went missing whether he has been returned.
“I think someone must have developed a conscience but thank you for returning him to us, we are very grateful.”
Miss Tee is letting her customers know Dachsie is back with a new notice in the window.
The police have been informed of Dachsie’s return and no further action will be taken.