Our long national nightmare is over, as a stolen wrestling shoe belonging to Hulk Hogan was returned to the Clearwater, Fla., store from which it was taken.
According to the Associated Press (via ABCNews.com), the perpetrator was a female tourist from Michigan. She called Hogan's store in Clearwater on Thursday, informing an employee that she wished to return the shoe:
According to Clearwater police, the woman says she "had done a stupid thing." Though she had returned to Michigan, she had left the shoe behind and arranged for three people she met while in Clearwater to return it to the store.
No charges have been filed, but an investigation continues.
The shoe, which Hogan wore during workouts in the 1990s and was valued at $5,500, was stolen on Sunday, according the Tampa Bay Times. A statue of Hogan apparently blew over in the wind, and as employees went over to stand it back up, one of four women made off with the piece from Hogan's collection.
It wasn't until Tuesday that store employees realized the shoe was gone.
Radio station 970 WFLA in Tampa posted an image of said shoe:
Below is the woman who Clearwater authorities believed committed the theft, per Scott Jones of Fox 13 in Tampa:
Ron Howard, who works for the store, called the theft "heartbreaking." Howard said that the store planned on selling the shoe and other pieces of Hogan memorabilia and giving some of the proceeds to charity, per Preston Rudie of WTSP 10 in Tampa:
"It's one of those things we were going to hold onto as a piece for people to look at and then promote it to sell it, to give a portion to (Steve Chamberland's) 50 Legs," he added.
The employees of Hogan's Beach Shop are no doubt happy to see the shoe back in its rightful place.