Thieves steal food trailer and hopes for future

4:57 PM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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Thonotosassa, Florida -- It's big, it's yellow and it's missing.

"I was dumbfounded; I was actually in disbelief for a minute," says Debbie Gagan about discovering her food trailer gone.

For the past two years, the food trailer was Debbie Gagan's baby. It carried her grandmother's nickname-"Granny Crackers"-along with her hopes and dreams.

"Absolutely, I have lots of passion for food," says Gagan, who has cooked for a number of organizations.

Gagan pumped her heart and soul and life savings into the trailer. She figures with all the cooking gear inside, "fryers, griddles, burner tops", she and her partner invested about $35,000.

And while Gagan loved running Granny Crackers along busy Highway 301, unlike the traffic, business was slow.

"I tried and tried and tried and depleted my savings, until I said, 'enough's enough'".

So last fall, Gagan closed up and put the trailer up for sale on Craigslist.

"To recoup money and maybe start something else-to be more successful," she says.

But in the early morning hours last Friday, someone using a strong truck dragged Granny Crackers away. And "dragged" is the right word, because the trailer had an anti-theft device that locked the wheels.

Investigators need help from the public to crack the Granny Crackers' case and the whole heist, well, that leaves this cook with a bad taste.

"It saddens me," says Gagan. "I want to scold them really badly...shame on you!"

If you know anything about the stolen trailer, you can call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). You could be eligible for a reward.

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