Costumes valued at $28,000 that were stolen by thieves who broke into a Cirque du Soleil tent in Vancouver last Saturday have been returned, police say.

Const. Randy Fincham said the costumes stolen from the tent at 88 Pacific Blvd. were created for the Cirque's Totem production. He said the items, including a jewelled necklace, a black mask with distinct gold trim and a unique ape mask  have been returned anonymously to the Cirque's trademark blue and yellow big top.

The costume pieces were removed from a secure area of the site. At the time of the theft, Fincham said it did not appear to be an inside job.

The three pieces are an essential part of the Totem production, Fincham said.

Cirque du Soleil's Vancouver production of Totem began in mid-May and is being staged until July 6.