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Update: Rooster stolen from Lee's Restaurant

By: KLKN Newsroom
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Lincoln Police are looking for the famous Lee's chicken sign after it was stolen over the weekend.

In front of Lee's Restaurant at S Coddington and W Van Dorn St. the pole where the iconic Pioneer Pete usually stands is empty. All that's left are his feet after the rooster was sawed off.

"Well, naturally it's sad because that's a famous chicken," owner Janice Wilcoxen said.

She says her son–in–law came to work Saturday morning and noticed it was missing. She says whoever's responsible leaned a bike rack against the sign and used it to climb up and cut the chicken down.

Wilcoxen says she thinks it was probably some college kids messing around or playing a prank but it's upset a lot of people.

"They're sad because it's not here," Wilcoxen said about the kids who eat at the restaurant. "That chicken's been there, it's an icon of Lincoln and even the adults, they're really bummed about it."

Pioneer Pete was taken once before back in 1996. Wilcoxen says a local radio station heard about the story and wanted to help.

"Ozzy Osbourne was playing in Omaha and so they offered tickets to get the chicken back. So within 15 minutes after they put it on the air someone called them."

The chicken was returned by people hiding their identities in exchange for the tickets. No charges were filed.

This time around, employees are hoping for a similar ending with the rooster back where it belongs.

The chicken is 5 feet by 4 feet and weighs around 200 pounds. Total loss is estimated around $500.

If you have any information, call Lincoln Crimestoppers at 402-475-3600.

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