AUSTIN (KXAN) — Kyle Stallings came Wednesday morning to open up his Rollin’ Smoke barbecue food truck when he saw his day’s business on the ground.
“Yeah, I drove up; I noticed it right away,” said Stallings. He
saw a cut lock, an empty cage, no generator, no power.
“Working with the police. Get them all the info, and they are doing what they can do. They took a few fingerprints, but … didn’t really find anything.”
Someone stole the generator worth more than $1,200 from the trailer near Sixth and Comal streets and put Stallings out of business.
“Really quick, with insurance or something like that, found out it wasn’t covered,” he said. “So right now, we’re just having to wait a couple days to come up with the money.”
Food truck owners on the east side go to sleep worried. This is the second generator theft with no suspect.
“Every little bit counts with this type of thing,” he said.
Each day without a generator means about $500 in lost profits, according to Stallings. Owners of a neighboring food truck say they will loan Rollin’ Smoke their generator when they can, until Stallings can buy a new one. Stallings asks anyone with information to call the police.
A look at the most recent crime data from the Austin Police Department shows burglaries and thefts are down this year in the downtown sector, where the food truck was parked. But auto thefts jumped 122 percent from the same time in 2014.