CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 250-pound fiberglass statue of Ronald McDonald has been returned to the Center Street McDonald's from where it was swiped last week.

Authorities did not say where the statue was found or whether any arrests would be made.

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III on Friday announced the return days after the county's Crimestoppers offered a $500 reward, which the franchise's owners supersized with matching funds.

"The investigation into person(s) responsible for the theft is ongoing and we will provide more details at a later date," Kearns said in a prepared statement.

The statue, which sat on a bench, was a beloved fixture at the eatery. It was stolen while the restaurant underwent renovations.

Owners Philip and Diane Koury said they are glad the statue was returned in time for their grand re-opening next month.

"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community,” they said in a statement released by McDonald's. “We are so thrilled to have our Ronald back so our customers can continue to enjoy him for years to come.”

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