Thief grabs meat truck Butcher sees red over loss

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

AN ANNANDALE butcher was robbed in broad day­light yes­ter­day, with a sneaky thief steal­ing his de­liv­ery truck while it was be­ing loaded.

Pro­cut Meats owner David Her­nan­dez and his staff were load­ing the chilled truck about 8am yes­ter­day when a man jumped in the cab and took off with thou­sands of dol­lars worth of meat.

The ve­hi­cle had been run­ning to keep the stock at a safe tem­per­a­ture.

Po­lice were yes­ter­day search­ing for the cal­lous rob­ber, who dumped the de­liv­ery truck nearby af­ter steal­ing cash from the cab. It is not be­lieved he stole any meat.

Mr Her­nan­dez said it was a mas­sive in­con­ve­nience for his busi­ness on one of their busiest days of the week and he was frus­trated about the pro- cess of get­ting his truck back. “At the end of the day, this is why we pay for in­sur­ance. It’s an ab­so­lute nui­sance though, we have busi­nesses that rely on us, we guar­an­tee our ser­vices to them and to have some id­iot go for a joy ride, it’s dam­ag­ing,” he said.

Mr Her­nan­dez said he was un­able to work for much of yes­ter­day. “I prob­a­bly won’t know until mid next week the ex­tent of how much it’s go­ing to cost me, all for some­one to take it for a drive not 5km from here,” he said.

“There was cash in the cab from a cash de­liv­ery … so yes, there’s money that has got stolen and we did have to dis­pose of a bit of stock that did not make tem­per­a­tures. There’s noth­ing we can do be­cause we can’t jeop­ar­dise the health of cus­tomers.

“I’ve never heard of any- thing like this hap­pen­ing be­fore. We have had an­other butcher shop call us and of­fer a truck to use and I’m grate­ful for the ges­ture.”

Mr Her­nan­dez said he feared the thief would get off lightly if caught. “The thing that an­noys me the most … is that I feel like the law would be harsher on me for wa­ter­ing out of hours, than … this guy get­ting caught and get­ting a don’t do it again card, and that’s if he is found,” he said.

Call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 with any in­for­ma­tion about the theft.


PRO­CUT MEATS OWNER DAVID HER­NAN­DEZ FRUSTRATING: Pro­cut Meats owner David Her­nan­dez out­side his Annandale busi­ness.

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