Facebook tip helps single dad find stolen hot dog cart

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Melvyn "Shorty" Baker's trailer containing his hot dog cart and ice cream cart was stolen in October

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A hot dog cart and trailer stolen last month from a single dad in Southeast Portland have been found.

Melvyn “Shorty” Baker said Wednesday he received a tip on Facebook that he passed on to authorities.

Baker, who’s been a single dad to his kids since their mother passed away in 2009, works fulltime loading planes at Portland International Airport.

Melvyn “Shorty” Baker’s stolen trailer containing his hot dog cart and ice cream cart was recovered through a Facebook tip, Nov. 6, 2019. (Courtesy of Melvyn Baker)

He started Shorty’s Hot Dogs in 2007.

“Push-style cart, like in Chicago. I have an ice cream cart in there as well, popcorn machine and a couple grills along with other equipment,” Baker said.

He stores the hot dog and ice cream carts in the enclosed 6×10 trailer. The trailer and all of the equipment — worth between $13,000 and $15,000 — was stolen Oct. 28. His neighbor noticed a strange truck pull away with the trailer. She tried to stop the thieves but they drove off.

Melvyn “Shorty” Baker’s stolen trailer containing his hot dog cart and ice cream cart was recovered through a Facebook tip, Nov. 6, 2019. (Courtesy of Melvyn Baker)

Baker said the trailer and all of the items inside of it were recovered but the popcorn machine was damaged and stickers for “Curtis Trailers” had been put on the trailer.

Baker said a landscaping company’s stolen golf cart worth $12,000 was also recovered at the same site.

The stolen items were found in the yard of a residence in the 11300 block of SE Lexington Street, Portland police told KOIN 6 News. A vehicle was towed from the scene and no arrests have been made. The investigation continues.

KOIN 6 News reporter Amy Frazier contributed to this report.

Melvyn “Shorty” Baker’s stolen trailer containing his hot dog cart and ice cream cart was recovered through a Facebook tip, Nov. 6, 2019. (Courtesy of Melvyn Baker)

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