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Missing Pickles!

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By Sammi Swindler | The Rose Cityian/Rose City Live

A missing pickle has turned into a real caper in Southeast Rose City.

Yes, Dillon T. Pickle, the mascot of the Rose City Pickles baseball team, is missing – and the team management swears it’s not a joke. They say he was stolen from the front porch of their office, after first being lost by Delta Air Lines.

The Rose City Police Bureau on Wednesday confirmed it had taken an online report, Case #22-903851, about a large canvas bag containing a mascot costume that was stolen off a porch on 92nd Avenue.

“It’s true! It’s all true! Unfortunately, the beloved Rose City Pickles mascot has been stolen,” wrote public information officer Lt. Natty Shepherd, who undoubtedly has more important things to do than answer reporter questions about missing pickles.

Dillon’s saga allegedly began on a return flight from Santo Domingo, headed back to Rose City via JFK airport. He was returning from an appearance at a Caribbean baseball series. That’s when owner Al Miller says Delta lost his luggage and the large black duffel bag with Dillon inside.

After several days in limbo, Dillon was reportedly dropped off via delivery outside the Pickles office, located in what looks like a residential house in the 5300 of Southeast 92nd Avenue. Ring camera footage provided by Miller shows a man dropping off a duffel bag, taking a photo of the front porch and then ringing the doorbell before walking away. The dropoff occurred at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 8, according to the video time stamp, after business hours for the Pickles team.

At 4:58 a.m. Feb. 9, Ring video then shows someone walking up and taking the bag. The person is wearing an Adidas backpack, over-the-ear headphones, a face covering and beanie hat.

Rose Cty Police have no suspects and no arrests have been made.

The Rose City Pickles team is just hoping for Dillon’s safe return, no questions asked.

Dillon is valued at $7,000 in the police report.

But of course to Portland, he is priceless.