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‘Rover Drive’ taken from Elysburg auto repair business

Reward offered for safe return of sculpture

LARRY DEKLINSKI/FILE PHOTO Rover Drive, left, and Turboman are shown outside Vic’s Transmissions in Elysburg. A reward is being offered for the safe return of Rover, which was stolen from the business on Monday, Nov. 27.

LARRY DEKLINSKI/FILE PHOTO Rover Drive, left, and Turboman are shown outside Vic’s Transmissions in Elysburg. A reward is being offered for the safe return of Rover, which was stolen from the business on Monday, Nov. 27.

ELYSBURG — A free oil change is being offered for the safe return of a beloved “mascot” from a business here.

Rover Drive, a sculpture of a dog made from various scrap transmission parts, was taken from Vic’s Transmissions during the evening hours of Monday, Nov. 27. It had stood alongside Turboman in the parking lot of the business along Route 54 since 1998.

Owner Vic Lisiewski said the theft occurred outside the view of a surveillance camera.

The original post on Facebook of the missing pooch has been shared 560 times as of Tuesday afternoon. While some posters joked about the theft, others expressed disbelief that someone would swipe the object.

Gregg Barkus, who said that he helped create Rover, posted, “I can’t believe somebody would steal a lonely transmission man’s friend or what they felt they would gain by doing so.”

Lisiewski said the post about Rover has led to thousands of people “liking” the company’s Facebook page, which he just created two months ago. He thanked people who are searching for it.

He said if Rover is not returned, there is a strong likelihood that another dog will be built.

“We will build a new one, but I’d rather have our old one back,” he said. “It’s our mascot.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ralpho Township police at 570-672-9892 or Vic’s Transmissions at 570-672-8692.