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Giant inflatable duck taken from roof of Roseburg auto center

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The yellow Rotary Duck that sat atop of Clint Newell Auto Group in Roseburg has been stolen, officials say.

For 17 years the company inflated the big yellow duck, which represents the Annual Duck Race fundraiser, but this is the first time the duck has ever been stolen.

An employee at Clint Newell says it was stolen sometime between July 18 and 19.

Surveillance camera video shows at least three people were involved.

"They were able to successfully to get on top the roof without anybody noticing, removing the duck as well as the blower," said company IT manager Ryan Parker.

The duck was used to promote the Roseburg Duck Race.

Thousands of rubber ducks are dumped into River Forks Park in a race with proceeds that go to help reduce violence against children.

"We do put the duck up to let people know that we are a ticket sponsor, we are a major donor," Parker said. "We are one of the major sponsors for the whole event, etc., but we also want to make sure that people understand that it's not about the duck."

The investigation is ongoing but the duck race will be held as planned August 29.

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