PORTLAND, Ore. – Another Portland food cart pod was burglarized early Friday morning.
Someone broke into several food carts and an ATM at the Piedmont Station Food Carts, located at Northeast 6th Avenue and Killingsworth Street, police said.
“You ever get something taken from you, it’s almost the worst feeling in the world, it’s like the worst,” said Dave Mackay, owner of Halibut’s Fish & Chips. Mackay said he lost his iPhone and a card-reader after his cart was broken into.
Police said the thieves cut a hole in the chain-link fence behind the lot and broke into the carts in the back row, away from surveillance cameras.
Most cart owners say they did not lose a lot of cash. The owner of one cart, Donerland, said cash was stolen.
“Unfortunately we had some cash on the cart, which we never do. It’s that one night when we had cash on the cart,” said owner Franziska San Pedro.
She said thieves also took the video recorder attached to her security camera.
San Pedro said the thieves snipped a padlock to the door of her cart. Police recommend cart owners have a deadbolt lock.
Piedmont Station’s owner says he is recommending that owners install motion-sensor lighting at the back of their carts. He also said he will position the security cameras to be able to capture images of anyone close to the ATM.
Burglary spree continues
The reported break-in was the sixth food cart burglary since Oct. 23, when someone broke into and vandalized food carts at Portland Mercado.
Food carts at Cartlandia, Tidbit Food Farm, 42nd Avenue Food Carts and Carts on Foster were also recently burglarized.
Portland police burglary detectives are on the case. At this time, they do not know if the break-ins are related.
Anyone with information about the food cart burglaries is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food cart crime prevention
Police said food cart owners and operators are encouraged to review crime prevention information shared by the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement by clicking here.