2,500 Rubber Ducks Stolen In Yorkville

UPDATED 03/25/11 2:09 p.m.

YORKVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — Police in southwestern suburban Yorkville are investigating the theft of 2,500 rubber ducks used in an annual charity rubber duck race.

Yorkville police confirmed that about 2,500 yellow rubber ducks were stolen from the 200 block of West Hydraulic Street earlier this week.

Police have already retrieved several hundred of the ducks and were questioning three juvenile suspects Friday afternoon.

Yorkville police Deputy Chief Larry Hilt suggests the theft “victims” were sitting ducks.

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“Apparently, they were left in the plastic tote bins on the receiving dock in the back of the building, and they were left outside on the dock,” Hilt said.

The ducks belong to the Yorkville Citizens Police Academy, a non-profit that provides equipment and other support to the local police department.

The rubber ducks are used in the academy’s annual “Duck Pluck” fundraiser at Hometown Days on Labor Day weekend. Participants buy a duck for a few dollars. Ducks are then pulled out and the duck “owner” wins raffle prizes from local businesses. Duck races have been going on in Yorkville since 1991.

Since the toys were stolen, police have found several ducks along the roads between Oswego and Sandwich. Anyone who finds a duck is asked to return it to Yorkville, police said.

Anyone with information should call police at (630) 553-4340.

Hilt expressed confidence that the youths brought to the station will provide information leading to safe return of all those rubber ducks.

  • tom Sharp

    Unless this is an early April Fool’s joke or the slowest news day in history, this is definitely unworthy of a headline! Please find something worthwhile to report!

    • O'Brien

      If you don’t like the article, then don’t read it, duh…. Just like on tv, if you disagree with the show, change the channel.

  • dan

    I don’t think the poor helpless ducks agree with you tom

  • quacker

    ROFLMAO!!!! Kids thought they were gold but got quacked up! Yeah, their feathers were rustling after this! I can’t imagine how they are going to pay their fines when they get THE BILL! LOL!!!

  • Mike Fangman

    “Southwest suburban Yorkville”? Um, look at a map guys.

  • Say The Secret Word And The Duck

    It is all over folks, if rubber ducks are no longer safe between charity races, we as a society have failed. The end is unfortunately near.

  • KP

    Ok, so besides the wars, the economy, earthquakes, nuclear issues, high prices of food and gas and gold and silver this has to be the last straw. Armageddon is just around the corner now!

  • CB Savage Howdy Good Buddy

    Breaker 19 for the rubber duck, you got a copy on me good buddy. Ah thats a big 10-4. It might just be the end of the world soon so I might as well have some laughs. I am also not wearing any pants.

  • Clint Eastwood
  • CB Savage At The Pickle Park

    Hello Clint, I loved you in Rawhide, come to think about it, I think leather would be sexy too.

  • on duck hunt

    really yorkville no crime all the other crimes get push aside for this!! come on!!! really!! big man hunt for the duck


    these duckies were made of flour and were covered with sugar. i suspect the cops. they will never be found.

  • Charles Ian Ezaki

    I think the kids are part of the URDLF (United Rubber Duck Liberation Front) who free those poor captive rubber ducks. My these kids story live on forever as they tried to save these ducks from their oppressors! May the quack be with you, and don’t foul up.

    • Daffy

      fowl loser…

  • feather

    Have you seen the “Think Blue.org commercial?

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