Guido the Italian sausage is one of the featured racers during Brewers home games. / Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports
Rest easy, Wisconsin: The Milwaukee Brewers' missing Italian racing sausage has been found.
But Guido had a good time while missing, including participating in a Harlem Shake dance. The 7-foot costume is typically used with other sausages for a seventh-inning race around the warning track at Miller Park.
On Feb. 16, though, Guido had a night on the town, as detailed to USA TODAY Sports by one of the people claiming to be responsible for the theft. She e-mailed photos and video and requested anonymity because she said no malice was intended in what she termed a prank.
She said six residents of Cedarburg and Mequon, Wis., ranging in age from 26 to 55 - five women and one man - collaborated on the heist. She described how they attached a note to the sausage when the group returned it to TJ Ryan's Tavern in Cedarburg. The note, which refers to the theft as "Weenie Gate," reads:
Sorry I'm such a sauced weenie. You probably think I'm the wurst. I started feeling the heat as the police began to ketchup by connecting the links. I know it was a greasy move so here I am. Donate the mustard and drink the beer. Take me back to the Land of the Brew‚?¶ Much Love, ur Cedarburg Crew.
This is a photo of the note:
And, for further proof, a photo of the note attached to the sausage in question:
Klement's Sausage Company, which owns the sausages, released a statement welcoming Guido home, and Cedarburg police declined to say if the theft was being investigated.
The woman said the group found the suit during a fundraiser at the Cedarburg location of Milwaukee's Curling Club and left with it.
The group went to TJ Ryan's "for some PBRs," then "off to the (Cedarburg) Roadhouse to jam with the band, then home for a nightcap." Photos show Guido dancing to live music of local cover band 76 Juliet.
And even joining the band for a jam:
Guido was later set free at TJ Ryans. "We decided to give it back because we have morals," the woman said. The swindle marked the group's first-ever sausage heist. "And our last," she added.
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