The food trailer of Kamloops’ best-known poutinerie has been stolen.
It belongs to Frenchies Poutinerie, which sells its food from its store in the 300-block of Victoria Street downtown.
As of Thursday afternoon, the trailer remained missing.
The company posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday night, asking the public to keep an eye out for the distinctive-looking trailer: “Hey guys, can you please all share this. Someone stole our food trailer and we really need it back.
“I have put my heart and sweat into this thing, not to mention the countless hours of customizing it and getting it ready for events.
“We have been prepping for the past week for our big event this weekend. We have several thousand pounds of potatoes cut and prepped just to have someone %*#%+ steal it. If anyone has seen anything, please message us ASAP.”
According to Brandon Bauer, manager of Frenchies’ downtown location, the trailer was stolen from the area of Pine Street and Sixth Avenue in South Kamloops sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
It was parked in the driveway of business owner Élie Hana’s house.
Bauer said Hana told him he last saw the trailer at about 3 a.m., so the theft occurred between then and 6 a.m., when a neighbour told Hana the trailer was missing.
A lock over the trailer’s hitch appeared to have been cut off, Bauer said.
The trailer was expected to be used at this weekend’s Rockin’ River Music Festival in Merritt, and the company had just purchased 300 boxes of potatoes ahead of the event, Bauer said.
“It was the single-largest event we had committed to doing ever with the truck by magnitude,” Bauer said.
He said Frenchies had the truck for at least 18 months and estimates its value to be in the six figures.
The trailer is adorned with a photo of poutine and the company logo. It has an awning over the trailer door and window and a deep fryer vat on the roof.
Initial reports indicated the trailer may have been spotted on Tuesday night near Salmo, a small town in the Kootenays, about 30 minutes northeast of Trail. However, those sightings may have been of a different food truck and trailer that operates in the region — the La Poutinery.
Bauer said he received a tip on Thursday that the trailer might be somewhere in the Lower Mainland.
“A gentleman was 100 per cent confident he saw it,” Bauer said.
“He’s the owner of a trucking company down in Abbotsford and he was saying it was parked outside his lot.”
Bauer said the theft has been on his mind for days and he believes it was a targeted, multi-person job, with thieves equipped with a hacksaw or bolt cutters and a place to store the distinctive trailer.
“They would have needed to have access to a minimum half-ton truck,” he said.
“Maybe they weren’t going after that trailer specifically, but they were definitely out to take a trailer.”
Anybody with information on the location of the Frenchies Poutinerie food trailer is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.