CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago criminal defense attorney is offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of five stolen handmade Polish folk costumes.

Lawyer Donna Makowski tells the Chicago Sun-Times she felt compelled to help and will be offering the reward on behalf of the National Advocates Society, a group of American lawyers of Polish descent.

The hand-sewn and hard-to-replace garments were stolen last weekend from singer Marlena Dzis' car in Chicago. Dzis said her car window was smashed and the garment bag taken. She says she's "overwhelmed with gratitude" to learn about the reward offer.

The outfits were on loan from The Lira Ensemble, a professional performing arts company specializes in Polish music, song and dance. Dzis expected to wear the costumes in two upcoming performances.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/