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Metal thieves target food carts on NE Alberta

Posted: Updated: Oct 4, 2012 06:33 AM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Metal thieves hit a food cart pod on NE Alberta Street, stealing power cords from two carts overnight.

Nick Dickison discovered the theft when the power did not turn on inside his cart, The Cheese Plate, located at NE 23rd Avenue and Alberta Street.

He said someone cut the power cord in two places, taking a 36-foot section.

His immediate thought was the food stored in his cart's two refrigerators.

"That was my first worry, that everything was going to go in the garbage," he said. "But everything was fine. The refrigerators did their job and held their temperature being unplugged for however long it might have been."

Thieves also took a power cord from the Moctezuma Bros. truck, which is parked in the same lot.

"I know where they're going to sell it and I know why they're doing this," said Marcelo Flores, who owns the Moctezuma Bros. truck. "But it's not fair because we have to work two or three days to save that much money we have to spend every time they destroy it."

The owners suspect the cords were taken by thieves who plan to sell the copper wire  inside.

Thieves have also targeted other food carts in Portland.

Last month, Fox 12 reported on similar thefts at the Green Castle food cart pot on NE 20th Avenue and Everett Street.

Flores said the power cord was taken from his truck two other times, when he parked in on N. Mississippi Avenue.

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