A commercial open pit barbecue grill used for local chicken barbecues was stolen from the  First Presbyterian Church in Ilion on Saturday night.

The large grill was owned by Troop 9 Scoutmaster Richard Rotondi and he and his son set  it up in front of the church on Second Street in the village on Saturday night in preparation for Sunday's barbecue.  Rotondi told WIBX's Bill Keeler on Monday that when he went back on Sunday morning the grill was gone.

"Somebody stole it," he said.

Rotunda says the grill is used for fund raisers for local churches, scout troops and other events such as Ilion Days in the village.  He said he was able to fulfill the grilling duties for the Presbyterian Church with a smaller version of the grill that he stores in his garage.  He estimates that the stolen grill is valued at about $500.

Rotondi and church officials reported the theft to Ilion police and so far there are no leads, according to police.  If anyone has information regarding the robbery they should contact Ilion Police at 315-894-9911.

Listen to the interview with Richard Rotondi: