Several costumes stolen from 'The Nutcracker' are returned

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Grinch who stole the Nutcracker's mask and the Sugar Plum Fairy's tutu from a Rhode Island warehouse has had a change of heart.

Several costumes from "The Nutcracker" were returned Tuesday to police in Pawtucket.

An attorney gave the costumes to police from a client. Neither was identified publicly.

The Festival Ballet Providence discovered in November that 57 costumes and costume parts were missing from a Pawtucket warehouse.

Artistic director Misha Djuric (JOO'-rich) is assessing the condition of the returned costumes. One of the Nutcracker's masks was damaged.

The show was performed this past weekend. Ballet companies from across the country lent costumes and props.

The artistic director says he's glad some costumes won't have to be replaced next year and hopes the rest will be returned.

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