Portland food cart owner searching for help after thieves break in

Tim Turcotte, owner of Esan Thai Eastport in Southeast Portland, found his window on the roof...
Tim Turcotte, owner of Esan Thai Eastport in Southeast Portland, found his window on the roof broken into and the cart ransacked when he realized thieves had broke in.(KPTV)
Published: Jul. 2, 2022 at 12:16 AM CDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV/Gray News) - The owner of a local food cart is searching for help with repairs after it was broken into Monday morning.

Tim Turcotte, owner of Esan Thai Eastport in Southeast Portland, found the window on his roof broken into and the cart ransacked.

Turcotte, who lives down the street, says he received phone call around 5:30 a.m. about people taking things through a fence.

He ran outside in his robe and saw two people stealing carts, hoses and cables from at least four other food carts. That’s when he took action.

“One guy started to come towards me, so I just literally ran at him and tackled him because I didn’t know what he was going to do,” Turcotte said. “I kind of just let him up.”

The suspect left and Turcotte brought everyone’s belongings back.

Turcotte’s cart was also broken into five weeks ago, which prompted him to add more locks, but the suspects still managed get inside.

“Pretty much cut out all the metal they could, broke away anything that was blocking them. I still don’t know how they got through this tiny hole but now everything is broken all the structure is just gone,” Turcotte said. “There was just soda spill all over here, the fridge was open, we looked at it and no cans of water no cans of soda. They just emptied it in the sink.”

Food that was worth $1,000 had to be thrown out, while the repairs could cost him $6,500- $7,500.

Turcotte says on three different occasions, police gave him shocking responses.

“The last break in, they literally told us there’s not enough police officers, there’s not enough descriptions of the people it’s just going to go on a piece of paper, into a file and no one’s going to look at it again,” Turcotte said. “They said we have to act on our own.”

Esan is open for business but Turcotte calls it disheartening. He says he hopes to get back on track so he can continue to help his community.

“We’ve raised money for different businesses that have been broken into in the past year we’ve always done fundraisers and donated all the money to everybody else even when it was happening to us.”

Turcotte says he doesn’t plan on moving locations but does plan on adding even more security to his cart. He often checks on his cart every couple hours in the middle of the night and wonders when he’ll be able to sleep again.

Turcotte describes the suspect as a white male in his 30′s, with a face tattoo across his eyebrow, a baseball hat, tore up clothes and shoes with no laces.

There is a GoFundMe page set up for the owners if anyone would like to donate.

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