Stolen Peoria food truck found stripped of equipment, GoFundMe set up

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 01:20:49-04

In just two days, thieves stripped a stolen Peoria food truck inside and out. 

“They took everything, here we had a 47-inch grill, a prep station, tables, chairs, even the AC unit,” said Ruben Hernandez, the owner of Ruby's Food Truck. 

“My sinks and everything, my fryers, even my menu’s gone,” said Julie Hernandez. 

Where their name once graced the side of the truck, already painted over.

Grease now covers the floor from the careless crooks. Cables hang frayed from the chop job. 

“They took out all the speakers,” Ruben said. 

On Sunday, surveillance video captured two people stealing the truck outside Pro Auto Tech, near Peoria and Grand avenues where it’s stored. 

“Seeing someone whose worked so hard to finally achieve his dream and for someone to mess with it, that’s really sad,” Julie said. 

“When we opened the door, I really cried,” Ruben said, upon seeing what remained of the truck. 

Ruben started the business three years ago. 

The truck is a staple at 83rd and Grand avenues in Peoria. 

Since our first story, customers have been checking in on the family. 

“It killed me, I mean especially the fact they gutted it, I mean that’s just awful," one woman said. 

Phoenix police located the vehicle dumped near 7th Avenue and Indian School Road Wednesday morning.  

“Three years ago, we paid around 15 to eighteen thousand for everything,” Ruben said, still trying to process the loss. 

Now they have nothing but their determination to rebuild. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help this family run business restart their dream.

“Let’s start over, I don’t care, I go down, but I want to start over,” Ruben said. 

Police are still on the hunt for the two people seen on camera stealing the truck. 

If you have any information on the crime, you're asked to contact Peoria police.