PORTLAND, Ore. — Two food cart operators in Portland were arrested last week for knowingly buying stolen meat and other items from shoplifters.
The shoplifters would steal the meat, shove it in their pants and then sell the stolen meat to food cart owners according to police.
Two food cart owners, Renuka Devi Prasad, 48, and Wing Fai Lee, 56, were charged with attempted theft by receiving.
Renuka Prasad, the owner of Ren’s Bubble Tea, told investigators she thought she was buying meat from a wholesaler.
Other food cart owners in the area ordered the shoplifters off of their property when they tried to sell them the meat.
The investigation began in 2014 after a Safeway theft led police to believe shoplifters were selling the stolen meat to food carts.