Food trucks have been the target of a recent string of break-ins in Fayetteville and Rogers, but now thieves have made their way to Bentonville.
Priato Pizzeria is one of at least seven food trucks that was broken into over the weekend. The owners say that in the almost three years they’ve been in business, they’ve never had an incident like this.
“I noticed that they had got into my register and just taken my coins, I never leave bills in there,” said Jeff Jones, owner of the Priato Pizzeria food truck.
Jones says his business only lost a little bit of change but some of his fellow food truckers weren’t so lucky.
“Anyone with a locked register and there were several, they stole the registers and I know there was a safe stolen,” Jones explained.
Bentonville is now the fourth city in Northwest Arkansas where food trucks have been targeted. Two weeks ago, thieves broke into six food trucks in Fayetteville and five in Rogers.
In Tontitown, police arrested four suspects after the Wooden Wagon Luncheonette food truck caught the thieves on camera.
“It may have been a crime that these criminals just stumbled upon it, just happened to break into one and realized that they like to keep money in their cash drawer and so they just started hitting a bunch of them at once,” said Sgt. Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department.
Sgt. Murphy says most of these businesses aren’t well secured.
“The surveillance systems on them are either nonexistent or not advanced as they would be in a regular business, the locks on the doors aren’t as sturdy, they’re just easier targets,” Sgt. Murphy explained.
Police in Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville are now stepping up their patrols around food trucks. Jones says he’s confident the thieves will be caught.
“They got us this time but I don’t think they’re going to get us again,” Jones said.