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Stolen grand prize BBQ pit found

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The barbeque pit, that was stolen before a local non-profit foundation was able to raffle it off, has been found.

It was found abandoned in an alley near the 2200 block of Colonial in Waco, but someone had stripped the rims, cutting board and meat racks.

The pit was made by Pro-Fab Welding and Fabrications in Lorena, and the owner, Dwayne Clendenin, spent a month to build it. The barbeque pit weighs 1,500 pounds and cost $7,500 dollars.

It wasn't the best day at the Brazos Education Foundation offices, when they noticed the grand prize giveaway was gone last week.

"What are we going to do? We got all these obligations we've sold these tickets," said Vice President Human Resources, Andy Ellis. "We have all these events and we plan to sell more tickets, but how are we going to meet our goal for this year?"

It was shocking for Ellis and everyone at the foundation when they heard someone stole it.

"We had it parked under the carport and we had the hitch locked," Ellis said.

Over Wednesday night, some thieves were able to break the lock tow it away.

The Brazos Education Foundation is a non-profit that gives scholarships to needy high school students and mentors them through school. The foundation holds a golf tournament fundraiser once a year.

As a part of the fundraiser, they raffle off a custom made barbeque pit cooker on a trailer; however a situation like this won't stop them from moving forward.

"We get knocked down and we get back up," said Ellis. "We are determined to see this through and make this happened and raise enough money for the kids."

Dwayne Clendenin offered to build another one before the raffle.

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