Wilsonville Shriners stolen food cart found but gutted

Clackamas County

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — Todd Weedman can’t understand it. “Disheartening is the word that keeps coming up,” he told KOIN 6 News. 

Sometime during the past week, thieves targeted the Wilsonville Al Kader Shriners location and took the item that helps them raise thousands of dollars for Portland Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Thieves targeted and took a food trailer from their back parking lot.

“It was not elevated where they could get to it easily. Obviously somebody knew what they needed to do and came in and did it,” Weedman said.

This undated photo shows the Wilsonville Al Kader Shriners food cart that was stolen around June 18, 2019 (Courtesy: Todd Weedman)

The cart was found Wednesday morning in Northeast Portland, stripped of everything valuable inside.

The food cart had a full-size refrigerator, microwave, air conditioner and new flooring.

“I’m sure that is what made it an attractive target,” he said.

Thieves took everything from appliances to the wiring.

Weedman thinks the theft was planned because the thief needed a truck and a jack to get away.

The Al Kader Shriners use the truck year-round for their fund-raising efforts.

“That’s the part that really hurts. You think, why? Why would you do that? There is a good chance that whoever took it, we have helped someone they know,” he said.

Weedman said replacing the trailer will take money away from their cause.

“We contribute $1 million a year to either food donations, transportation or actual cash to the Portland Shriners Hospital, and this is one of the mechanisms we use to do that,” he said. “Anytime something is taken away from us we can’t achieve our goal.”

There is a GoFundMe to help Shriners pay to replace the cart.

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