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Rusted Silo owner offers free BBQ for life to solve restaurant burglary

By Lindsay Doty

Rob Ecker, owner of  the Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brewhouse in Lizton, is offering free BBQ for life to anyone who can solve a recent burglary at his restaurant.

Ecker posted a vintage-inspired WANTED sign on their Facebook page to get the word out.

Police got the call about the burglary early Saturday, Oct. 19 after the shop’s produce delivery worker noticed the restaurant had been broken into during his morning drop off.

According to the report with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects used a crowbar to pry the front and side doors open and then broke into the cash register. It’s estimated they took around $1,000, according to the report.

 “Just the fact that somebody would do this, it hurts,” said Rusted Silo owner and pitmaster Rob Ecker.

 “We are a mom and pop business and we work hard for everything we have and we try to give back to the community, so it is a painful thing to have this happen.”

Ecker, a former Disney chef who followed his dreams of bringing BBQ to Hendricks County, hopes he can repair the damage to his large vintage register. The1920s one-of-a-kind piece has been a favorite of the place since opening in 2018.

“The whole thing is just that feeling of invasion, it’s just sucky feeling,” said Ecker.

He’s asking anyone with information to call  him at 317-994-6145 or stop in at the Rusted Silo located at 411 N. Main in Lizton.

His poster promising free BBQ for life reads: “snitching never tasted so good.”

Photos submitted by Robert Ecker

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