Expensive Parts Stolen From Catholic Charities Maine Food Truck

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 7:12 PM EDT
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CARIBOU, Maine (WAGM) - The theft of some equipment on a food truck has left Catholic Charities Maine experiencing a major setback. News Source 8′s Cam Smith explains what makes this loss so devastating to not only the organization, but also people who rely on them in the County.

“It really puts a crimp in our style and is really going to hamper operations for a while.”

Recent damages and vandalism to Catholic Charities Maine’s food truck in Caribou, has the organization’s volunteers on edge.

“We struggle every day to meet the needs of the people we serve. But this is over nine thousand dollars in parts that were stolen. I mean it’s just devastating to us.”

“Sometime between Monday evening and Thursday morning, someone had come in and used a battery powered Sawzall and cut the catalytic converter system and the exhaust system off our truck. And it’s kind of sad that someone would do that to an organization who is out there trying to provide food to the people of Aroostook County that need it… and to stoop that low to come in here and cut that off it’s disheartening.”

Jim Krysiak, Food Bank Manager for Catholic Charities Maine, says despite the setback, they will do their best to distribute food to those who need it.

“One way or another we are going to get the food out to them, everything’s going to go on schedule. It just puts a crimp in our style as far as the scheduling we have for moving food around the county and to do it in a quick and easy manner.”

Sgt. Corey Saucier of the Caribou Police Department says it’s important for residents to remain vigilant.

“Leaving vehicles in parking lots or driveways… motion lights are going to make it a lot harder for these guys and gals to get underneath a vehicle with a Sawzall and cut it… I mean it’s not a quiet thing, you’re going to hear it so if you can have motion lights in parking lots that are unattended, that might help deter a little bit.”

The investigation is still on going. Contact the Caribou Police with any information. Cam Smith News Source 8.

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