Sheepish toe thief returns pilfered digit to Dawson City by mail

Dawson City’s homesick sourtoe has found its way home. The desiccated human digit, which made national news when it disappeared last week, was mailed back to the Downtown Hotel June 22.

Dawson City’s homesick sourtoe has found its way home.

The desiccated human digit, which made national news when it disappeared last week, was mailed back to the Downtown Hotel June 22 complete with an apology from the apparent thief, according to police.

“We’re pleasantly surprised,” said the hotel’s general manager Adam Gerle.

The toe, the key ingredient in the hotel’s signature sourtoe cocktail, was stolen June 18.

According to staff, a man came into the bar to have the drink — a shot of liquor with the toe in the glass — and then walked out with the toe.

Unfortunately for him he reportedly left behind his certificate, which bore his name. Police were on his trail.

On June 20, Dawson City RCMP received a phone call from the alleged suspect, “stating that he had placed the toe in the mail, addressed to the Downtown Hotel,” said RCMP in a news release.

“The man then called the Downtown Hotel and provided the same message to staff, along with a verbal apology.”

Gerle said they weren’t sure whether the call was a prank. On June 22, a package arrived. The postmark was from Whitehorse.

“To ensure the package was safe to open” the package was brought to the RCMP detachment to be opened, police said.

The toe was inside, along with an apology letter signed ”A Drunken Fool.”

The toe is believed to be in good condition but will be looked over by a doctor at the hospital before it gets put back into anyone’s drink, Gerle said.

Police say they don’t expect to lay charges in this case.

Gerle said he’s fine with that.

“Who hasn’t had a drunken moment in Dawson?”

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two people walk up the stairs past an advance polling sign at the Canda Games Centre on April 4. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
April 12 is polling day: Here’s how to vote

If in doubt, electionsyukon.ca has an address-to-riding tool

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon addressing media at a press conference on April 8. The territorial election is on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Getting to know Currie Dixon and the Yukon Party platform

A closer look at the party leader and promises on the campaign trail

Yukon NDP leader Kate White, surrounded by socially distanced candidates, announces her platform in Whitehorse on March 29. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Getting to know Kate White and the Yukon NDP Platform

A detailed look at the NDP platform and Kate White’s leadership campaign this election

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Sandy Silver announces the territorial election in Whitehorse. Silver is seeking a second term as premier and third term as Klondike MLA. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Getting to know Sandy Silver and the Yukon Liberal platform

Yukon Liberal Leader Sandy Silver is vying for a second term as… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
This week at city hall

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its April 6 meeting.

Point-in-Time homeless count planned this month

Volunteers will count those in shelters, short-term housing and without shelter in a 24-hour period.

The Yukon’s new ATIPP Act came into effect on April 1. Yukoners can submit ATIPP requests online or at the Legislative Assembly building. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
New ATIPP Act in effect as of April 1

The changes promise increased government transparency

A new conservancy in northern B.C. is adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (Courtesy BC Parks)
Ice Mountain Lands near Telegraph Creek, B.C., granted conservancy protection

The conservancy is the first step in a multi-year Tahltan Stewardship Initiative

Yukon RCMP reported a child pornography-related arrest on April 1. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
Whitehorse man arrested on child pornography charges

The 43-year-old was charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The postponed 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
New dates set for Arctic Winter Games

Wood Buffalo, Alta. will host event Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023

Victoria Gold Corp. has contributed $1 million to the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun after six months of production at the Eagle Gold Mine. (Submitted/Victoria Gold Corp.)
Victoria Gold contributes $1 million to First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun

Victoria Gold signed a Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement in 2011

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media in Whitehorse on October 30, 2020. Hanley is now encouraging Yukon to continue following health regulations, noting it could still be some time before changes to restrictions are made. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
No active COVID cases in Yukon

Hanley highlights concerns over variants, encourages vaccinations

Most Read