Thieves take hot dog cart, family business

Hot dog cart
The stolen ABQ hot dog cart has been returned to its rightful owner.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A single father is making a plea to whoever stole his business – the business he relies on to feed his two little girls.

Julian Garcia says someone stole his hot dog cart from his front yard.

“I have to do something to feed my girls,” he said.

It wasn’t much, but it was enough.

Garcia, a single father, says he saved up enough money to start up his own business, but for the past few days, the only business he’s been doing is searching for his stolen hot dog cart.

“If somebody could give me some help to find my cart, I would really appreciate it,” Garcia said.

He walked out of his home Friday to find the cart and his business gone, thieves swiping it right from his front yard.

Garcia says the crooks not only stole his passion, they took his only way to provide for his daughters, ages 5 and 10.

“It’s not easy to make this kind of money with this business, but it’s the only business I can do now,” Garcia said.

Suffering from a number of health problems, Garcia says he had to come up with a plan to make money, so he saved and saved.

“I paid like $8,500, but I fixed it up so I paid (sic) more money into it,” Garcia said.

He later found a spot in Albuquerque to set up shop. Rain or shine, six days a week, he’d do business at Bridge near Gatewood, just west of Sunset.

Why only six days? Garcia would take off every Thursday. That’s when he would use the money he made from his hot dog cart and spend the day with his daughters.

His biggest worry is not being able to work and give his daughters what they need.

“I want to get my cart back,” he says.

Garcia says he uses his car to tow the cart around and he thinks that’s how it was stolen.

He called police and hopes someone will spot the cart, saying there isn’t another one like it in town. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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