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Thieves stealing food trucks in Central Texas on the rise

It’s a growing crime wave in the Austin area, with brazen bandits stealing trailers from people’s possessions. Some of these thieves have escaped with Hood in his truck and are embarrassing the local business his owner.

Gourdough’s Donuts partner Ryan Palmer said:

South Austin-based Gourdough’s Donuts said someone stole an Airstream trailer in Bastrop County on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

“I think they picked the right time to do it,” Palmer said.

It was parked outside a metal warehouse on Highway 21 in Cedar Creek. The thieves also dragged a Kubota trailer from inside the barn.

“It’s shocking because it’s on a busy highway. I could see it from the highway,” Palmer said.

The stolen truck puts a big twist on Palmer’s business plan.

“We recently closed our restaurant. It’s been in South Lamar for the last 10 years. We were planning to go back to our roots and open two new locations, one in the south and one in the north. It’s one of the tracks we’ve been working on, and it opens in January, so it’s a big setback,” Palmer said.

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The worst part was that Palmer’s insurance had expired, so it could have cost up to $50,000 to replace the trailer.

“I’m just asking everyone to keep their eyes and ears open so someone might see it,” Palmer said.

Meanwhile, North Austin has some good news. Le Bleu owner Trinh Nguyen has recovered the hood from his truck that was stolen last month.

“I don’t know what they’re thinking, but maybe it’s because food trucks are easy to target,” Nguyen said.

Saigon le Vendeur’s trailer was hauled out by a stolen pickup truck. Surveillance video captured the pickup, and the suspect shoplifted at a nearby store. Justin Williams, 43, is currently in prison charged with theft of property and criminal conduct when a good Samaritan noticed a trailer near his Travis County Expo Center.

“It’s a relief, a big relief, because we have our property back. It’s not about you. Deep in my heart, I never thought I’d see the trailer again,” Nguyen said. rice field.

Thankfully, aside from a broken lock and a sloppy new paint job, it’s still intact.

“I hope they do a better job,” Nguyen said.

Back at Gourdough’s, the truck on South 1st Street still serves donuts, but Palmer hopes that anyone who stole the other trailer will have a change of heart.

“I hope they put it somewhere so we can find it in Austin and serve donuts and hire people,” Palmer said.

If you have information about a stolen gourd truck, we recommend contacting the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office. Gourdough’s offers cash rewards to anyone who helps them get their truck back.

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