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The general manager of a barbecue restaurant in Texas said a thief stole nearly $3,000 worth of brisket on the morning of August 4.
Alison Clem, general manager of the Barbecue in Austin, Texas, said 20 briskets were stolen by someone who jumped a fence around 4 a.m. and ran towards the smoker, according to FOX 7.
Clem said she believed the thief planned the theft.
“We kind of speculate that he’s watching. You know, someone who was cooking for us maybe. We haven’t had a turnover in our house since we’ve been here, so it wouldn’t be current. So it’s also a bit strange that he knows.” said Clem.
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She said the incident was caught on video and lasted around 15 minutes.
“One of my strongest guys there can barely lift 10 chests in a box, and [the thief] lifted them above his head. So I really think it was planned.” Clem said.
The cost of the meat, according to Clem, is $3,000 when seasoning and labor are factored in, she said.
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Clem also said that although this was the seventh or eighth time the restaurant had been robbed, it was the first time meat had been stolen.
“I can only assume he might be working for a food truck or a restaurant. I don’t know, even throwing a party. I have no idea,” Clem said.