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What are the odds? A Waukesha woman forgetfully leaves a wedding present on the roof of her car. She drives off. It falls onto the street. And, somehow, if finds its way back to her.

It happened last week at Grand and Estberg avenues.

Through diligence and community contacts, police overcame the small chance of finding the owners. In a rewarding moment during the weekend, officers experienced a heartfelt and tearful reunion when the gift was given back to a Waukesha couple.

What made the present special was it was hand made by the couple to reflect their longstanding friendship with the bride and groom, Police Capt. Dan Baumann said this week.

The journey started with a kind soul finding the gift and taking it to the Waukesha Police Department.

Police Officer Brady Esser took over the case, hunting high and low for the gift's owners.

The only clue was "John and Stacey" written on the envelope of an attached wedding card. On Friday, July 28, police spread the news about the present and card, along with a picture of the gift, hoping to find its owner.

The couple was located. Happy ending. Wedding bells are ringing.

The woman who lost the gift – she only wants to be identified by her first name, Lynn – was embarrassed about leaving it on the car roof, Baumann said. 

"It was our pleasure to reunite the gift with the owner," a police news release said.

The wedding was out of town, and the gift will be sent this week. The resident who lost the gift would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the kind person who turned in the wedding package.

"It is times like this that we realize how honesty and kindness can go a long way to benefit the community," she said.

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