Food truck thefts continue across Austin; APD shares tips to protect your business

Austin Police say that in such thefts, a trailer is usually recovered with no parts and say it’s common for thieves to disassemble them for money.

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin has one of the most food trucks in the nation.

Popular donut shop Gourdough’s recently had its brand new Airstream stolen to serve as a food truck.

On Tuesday, the Airstream was recovered along with other stolen vehicles in Cedar Creek, just outside Austin by the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office.

Thieves stole the trailer from the owner’s friend’s house the day after Christmas and also stole a tractor belonging to the owner’s friend.

Maria Arellano, the managing director of Gourdough’s, said a theft like this could have been a huge blow to the business.

“We had to take a step back, but now we’re not doing it because it was found so quickly. So, I mean, that helped us a lot, and now we can move forward with our plans, our future expansion plans,” Arellano said.

Austin Police Officer Ariel Crumes said that in such thefts, a trailer is usually recovered with no parts, and it is common for thieves to disassemble it for money. Arellano worried about that.

“I was like, ‘They’re going to start, you know, taking everything inside, probably selling it to Facebook Marketplace and stuff like that,'” Arellano said.

The Airstream has already been retrofitted with all the markings the truck needs to be operational. Officer Crumes said this helps when trying to locate the truck.

“Add decals because some trailers often don’t have anything on them or have them. But add something that’s different from anything else, that’s going to stand out,” Crumes said.

Arellano said 2022 was tough, but customers got through Gourdough.

“Like ‘It sucks you guys closed but we’re still here for all of you. We are loyal customers and will continue to come.’ So, I mean, that really got our hearts into saying, ‘You know, these people handle Gourdough’s,'” Arellano said.

Gourdough’s isn’t the only restaurant being targeted. In the last few months, APD has seen this happen to other Austin restaurants and people’s trailers in general.

Austin Police said they also have detectives dedicated to this type of crime. So if you steal someone’s property, you will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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