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Scottsburg family frustrated, heartbroken after sentimental antique is stolen

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The family has a vast collection of Texaco gas pumps and other antiques, but this wasn't just any gas pump. The family has a vast collection of Texaco gas pumps and other antiques, but this wasn't just any gas pump.

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- On Sunday morning, the Kiefer family woke up only to realize something was missing.

“We lived here about 22 years and we've always been the house on the corner with gas pumps,” said Kim Kiefer. “Our pump was gone and no one has seen it since."

The family has a vast collection of Texaco gas pumps and other antiques, but this wasn't just any gas pump. Kyle Kiefer, 16, bought the pump with the help of his grandpa.

“It was just one of those things that him and his papaw did together,” she said.

From the time he was born, the two were virtually inseparable.

“We did a lot together. We'd go sit by the railroad tracks and watch trains, he has a tractor at his house and we'd go drive it around all the time, drive golf carts, practically go everywhere together,” said Kyle Kiefer.

They bought the pump together three years ago and just eight months ago his grandpa died from liver cancer.

“So this makes it a little worse, a little bit harder for us that you know he is gone and we can't get that back,” said Kim Kiefer. “It's one thing to lose your grandpa that you're really close to but it's another thing to lose the things that you have sentimental value with.”

Kim Kiefer says stealing the pump was no easy task.

“It was sitting here. It was concreted into the ground at this base here and there was a steel pole that went through it,” she said.

The thieves also tried to steal other antique gas pumps, parking meters and an air pump which have now been removed from their front yard.

“The one thing they did get away with was the one thing that meant the most,” said Kim.

“I'd never be able to buy another one with him so just knowing that, you can't put a price on what that means,” said Kyle.

As the price of gas is etched into time on these pumps, so is the memory of a man who meant so much to his family. And they just want the pump back -- no questions asked.

If you have any information on where the pump is, you’re asked to call Scottsburg Police at 812.752.4462.

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