WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Have you seen Margarita’s stolen food trailer?

That’s Margarita‘s food trailer, when she’s using it, which she can’t do until she gets it back. She sent the photo and report:

I’ve owned and operated Mamacita’s Bad Ass Mexican Food for a couple of years. I own a small food trailer. In that time the trailer has been attacked and almost stolen 3 times. Well, today someone finally succeeded. It was stolen from 46th & Lander St. in West Seattle. 2020 complexly shut us down. We are just getting started for the year, and I have 3 events booked that i now cannot do. This is my livelihood for me and my daughters and granddaughter. I have been through hell and back in the last 6 years and this business was supposed to be my saving grace.

The trailer was last seen at 1:30 AM by a neighbor, and I believe I heard commotion around 5 AM which could have been the trailer being stolen. Police report number is #21-159383

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Have you seen Margarita's stolen food trailer?"

  • JVP June 26, 2021 (4:33 pm)

    WTF? Who steals someone’s entire job? Not like there’s some hot black market for food trailers like this. This one is especially infuriating. 

  • Pamela June 26, 2021 (4:49 pm)

    I’ve seen that trailer parked on the parking strip for quite some time, was wishing they’d pull it into the yard .  I’m so sorry it was stolen, hopefully it will show up soon, in good shape.

  • onion June 26, 2021 (5:05 pm)

    Asshats. I often walked by this trailer and wondered about the story behind it. But to be honest, I also wondered why it hadn’t been stolen prior to this because it didn’t seem very well secured. I hope the trailer is recovered quickly and in decent shape so Margarita can return to making marvelous nurturing food and support her family.

  • Auntie June 26, 2021 (5:09 pm)

    Check out the local online marketplaces like LetGo, Facebook, craigslist, Offer Up – seems like whoever has it will want to be getting rid of it unless they plan to open their own food stand (which doesn’t seem likely).

  • HS June 26, 2021 (5:25 pm)

    You might have insurance, you might not. If you decide to set up a GoFund Me account let us, the commenters, know. It’s been a horrible year for small businesses. And not all of us got a PPP loan.

  • Stephen Seiple June 26, 2021 (5:27 pm)

    This is terrible. I created a go fund me campaign for Margarita. https://gofund.me/af25fff6

    • Auntie June 26, 2021 (6:47 pm)

      I tried to donate through PayPal and it wouldn’t go through. I’ll try again later.

    • Taco Supporter June 27, 2021 (10:04 am)

      Thanks for making a ‘go fund me’ Stephen! I hope our community can help turn this bad situation around! Help get Margarita back in business! (: 

    • Bob Nuber June 30, 2021 (10:31 am)

      I screwed up. You or the lady who’s cart was stolen sent me her mailing address and I didn’t write it down assuming I could get it by opening the blog. I tried and can’t find it. Can one of you resend it?  My email address is bjnuber@icloud.com which is probably a better way to send the info. Sorry to be a bother. Bob Nuber 

  • A-Red June 27, 2021 (8:49 am)

    I saw a post on West Seattle Facebook page suggesting cart may be found / thief reported. The post is not from the cart owner. Curious what is current status if anyone knows…?

    • Margarita Quintanilla June 28, 2021 (9:20 am)

      Thank you everyone for your support!  The trailer was reported and found, it’s being investigated, they haven’t arrested the thief.  If anybody recognizes him please contact the police with the aforementioned police report number.  The person that turned him in stated that he steals stuff from homes and businesses and unloads them by a homeless camp by Myrtle and East Marginal Way. In regards to my trailer, he damaged it extensively, and I’ll need to do costly repairs to get her back into shape again.  This guy stole more than my trailer.  He has stolen some of my hope and peace. Thank you all for trying to help fund my endeavors to be made whole again.  Thank you to my neighbor, Stephen for creating the go fund me.  And to everyone else for your thoughtful words and helping me catch this guy.  Hers some pics of him unloading my trailer and trying to cover it up, and him driving away after unloading it. Beyond sad.

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