A Red Deer business has contacted police after a trailer was stolen from its property earlier this week.
Andrew Tyszkiewicz, who owns the European Sausage and Deli alongside Krystyna Tyszkiewicz, said he got to work Wednesday morning and realized his trailer, which is used as a food truck, was stolen.
“I arrived to the shop and the crime was done … an hour-and-a-half before I got there,” said Tyszkiewicz.
“I don’t know why they would take that because it’s very easy to spot. The trailer’s important (to the business) because it’s advertising … and helps us get new customers.”
Multiple people were caught on a security video hooking the white trailer, which features the name of the business and graphics of sausages and meats on it, to a black or dark blue Dodge pickup truck outside the processing plant in the industrial park on Clearview Road.
“Some people just don’t care – they’ll steal anything,” Tyszkiewicz said, adding the criminal code is too easy on offenders.
“We need tougher law for the criminals. They have to know that if they’re caught, they’ll go away for a long time. That way they’ll never repeat again.”
A post on the European and Sausage Deli’s Facebook page, published around 11 a.m. Wednesday, has already received more than 330 shares. Another post, featuring a video of the theft, was published 40 minutes later and has received more than 170 shares.
Tyszkiewicz said the community is “very good” to the business for trying to help spread the news.
The business does have a larger second trailer, which it will be able to use in the meantime.
“It’s bigger and more difficult to manage, but I can use that one while the insurance replaces everything,” he said, adding replacing the old trailer could take up to six months because it was custom made.
Tyszkiewicz encourages anyone with information to contact police.
A number of businesses in the Riverside Light Industrial Park were recently the victims of a series a break-ins.
Some Riverside business owners blame rough sleepers in the bush either along the Red Deer River or an abandoned rail line between the industrial park and Parkland Mall. Such camp have been routinely cleaned up by parks works and peace officers and then restarted.