Tip on NBC4 Facebook page leads to stolen pizza oven

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A tip left on the NBC4 Facebook page led a Delaware man directly to a mobile wood-fired oven that was stolen from his home on Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon, someone pulled a SUV up to a one of a kind handmade wood-fired brick oven that Richard Edmonds built on top of a trailer and drove off with it.

After NBC4 shared Richard Edmonds’ story Thursday, it was seen by thousands of people.  In the comments, a woman said that she saw the oven on her street.


That tip led Edmonds to a home on Myrtle Avenue in the north Linden neighborhood, where the oven was found sitting behind a home, still in one piece.

“I just simply went down there this morning and drove the neighborhood, and then, lo and behold, it was like poof, right there,” Edmonds said.

Edmonds said the oven was found sitting behind a home, still in one piece. He hooked the trailer up to his truck and towed it away.

“It’s a wonderful feeling getting the pizza oven back,” Edmonds said. “Just gratitude that everybody was able to pull all their Facebook pages together and get the word out. It’s a direct reflection of how great a community we live in.:

Edmonds said he was inspired to build the oven by a story his father told him 25 years ago about a man making bread in a wood-fired oven. That story stuck with him until 2010, when he came across an abandoned trailer while on a Boy Scout camping trip with his son.

With the permission of the Scouts, he took the trailer back to his shop, and six months later, he and his brothers had constructed a large brick Pompeii style oven on top of it.

The oven is more than just a hobby for Edmonds, who said he shares his creation with the community. He brings his mobile pizza oven to church festivals, Boy Scout fundraisers, parties and other events.

“It’s really unique,” Edmonds said. “No one has a pizza oven like this.”

He said he was relieved to have the oven back so soon after it was stolen.

“I really didn’t think we were going to get this thing back,” Edmonds said. “But the Lord works in mysterious ways.”

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