Along the outskirts of Hermiston recent thefts have left business owners asking... “why here?”
HERMISTON, OR - Along the outskirts of Hermiston recent thefts have left business owners asking "why here?"
NBC Right Now visited with Delie Bayne, the owner of newly relocated food truck Lutong Filipino. They say just a week after moving further from town they lost over $2,000 in property. For a week they stored their generator in a wooden box behind the truck. It cost them thousands of dollars to purchase. Now, they believe last week a group of people was able to carry away their heavy piece of equipment that they estimate weighed at least over 300 pounds.
"Yeah, it's really heavy. Probably like 3 or 4 guys heavy," Bayne said.
The generator was even tightly chained down in the box they store it in.
"If they are desperate and really want it I have the key. You can not start it without the key," she said. Apparently the alleged thieves were desperate enough.
"I move around to all kind of events. I really need it. I put a deposit for some of my events so I really need my generator for that," she said.
They already have 20 events lined up for the season so far including the Pendleton Roundup. The deposits cost hundreds of dollars alone. Without a generator that money is wasted.
"On our side, diesel, tires, CB's and radios," explained Alex Villarreal, owner of Krome Diesel Repair & Alignment when asked what kind of items had been stolen from his business.
Krome is on the same road as the food truck. The owner thinks chop shops may be coming in to take parts they can put to use like welding equipment. In their 12 years the business has seen those thefts more and more each year.
"We've dealt with theft over the years for as long as I've been here. It's definitely a huge problem here," Villarreal said.
The owners of the food truck say they are offering a $200 reward for information that might lead to finding their generator. If you know anything about the theft they ask you to call Hermiston police at 541-567-5519.