Business owner asks for public’s help in locating stolen food cart

By CONNOR MCCARTHY

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Portland, OR (KPTVName) — A local food cart owner is asking for the public’s help in locating his cart which was stolen on Sunday.

Lamar Winston owns Mister Big Burger, a food cart located on the corner of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 131st Place. Around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, security footage captured a dark-colored van driving off with Winston’s cart. He said at first he didn’t believe someone stole his entire cart.

“I’m still in shock,” Winston said. “I don’t understand how you just take a full-fledged food cart.”

Winston opened his stand just two months ago. He said he poured about $30,000 into Mister Big Burger to make it work.

“It’s really disturbing, people are spending thousands of dollars on these food carts,” Winston said. “It’s our business, it helps bring in funds and income for our families and for ourselves.”

Winston also uses a portion of his profits for his non-profit Inner-City Basketball. He said his nonprofit helps pay youth in the metro area to play and travel for basketball.

“It helps me, helps them to be able to play and not have to pay,” Winston said.

He filed a police report on Monday and Winston said he hoped his cart showed up. But due to a lack of police resources, Winston and his neighbors watch over each other.

“We all have to watch each other’s backs,” Winston said. “You have family, you have friends, no matter how you do it, but we absolutely have to look out for each other.”

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