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Stolen burger sign returned to CT restaurant

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Big Steve's Grill owner and Plainville police pose for a photo after the stolen burger sign is returned to the Plainville restaurant. (Photo Courtesy: Ben Comparone) Big Steve's Grill owner and Plainville police pose for a photo after the stolen burger sign is returned to the Plainville restaurant. (Photo Courtesy: Ben Comparone)
PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

Pranksters stole a larger-than-life hamburger from outside of Big Steve's Grill in Plainville last month.

After offering up a tasty reward, now the popular display is once again back home.

"Nice having it out there. Its part of our place," said Steve Andrikis, who is one of the owners of Big Steve's Grill.

Back in June, Andrikis found himself in a pickle when the grill's calling card, a 6' tall, fiberglass double burger with all the fixings was suddenly gone, he thought for good.

"Thought I would never get it back and if I did, it would show up in a million pieces," Andrikis said.

One night after closing, a neighbor spotted thieves hauling off the hamburger in a pickup truck.

Eyewitness News talked with Andrikis and his wife last month. Andrikis told Eyewitness News the day after our story aired, he got a call.

"He was kind of a little hesitant at first," Andrikis said. "He didn't want to reveal too much information because I guess it was a friend of a friend."

Turns out the prank really didn't cut the mustard because after getting a tip, Steve called police and they were able to catch up with the burger sign.

Eyewitness News was told the hamburglars just dumped the statue off in the woods on Progress Lane in Waterbury, not too far from Interstate 84.

"(It) had a little damage, nobody got arrested, and everybody is happy," Andrikis said.

Even though the $1,100 burger sign now has a crack in it, Andrikis said they're not pressing charges and they're just glad it's back.

They posed for a picture with police who returned the stolen statue.

True to his word, Andrikis cooked up the five free cheeseburgers he said he'd offer as a mouthwatering reward in order to get this hamburger home.

"We paid off the reward, and he was very happy," Andrikis said.

And so is Andrikis.

"It's great having it back. The kids love it," he said.

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