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Rare Ronald McDonald Statue that was Stolen from Family's Home is Suddenly Returned

(Northampton Police) (Northampton Police)

A beloved Ronald McDonald statue that was stolen from a family's summer home in August was returned to its rightful owners on Wednesday.

The rare depiction of the kneeling McDonald's mascot was turned over to police in Northampton, reportedly by an employee of the hamburger chain.

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The Associated Press reports that  that employee found it abandoned beside a fitness center dumpster before taking it home.

In the months since the "crouching Ronald" vanished during an "unauthorized" party her teenage daughter threw at the Leverett home, Mary Ryan had canvassed the area and posted notices in search of the 3-foot statue.

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According to area paper The Recorder, the McDonald's employee who'd found the statue decided to turn it over to Northampton police.

“We were so shocked,” said Ryan. “We figured Ronald was gone forever.”

Ryan and her husband purchased the statue, which is believed to date to 1972, years ago for $1,200.

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