A family's push cart food business that's become an institution in one Brooklyn community, was stolen around the corner from their home. NY1's Jon Weinstein has the story.
Rogelio Gonzalez worked his entire life to build a family business. Nearly five years ago, he spent his life savings of $28,000 on his taco truck.
But Friday morning, when he awoke from a mid-morning nap, the truck was missing from its parking spot on the street just around the corner from his family's home in Prospect Park South.
"When I see the cart is not there...what happened to the cart? What happened," Gonzalez said.
"I couldn't even believe it, I wake up, and somebody's telling me the cart is gone and I'm like, 'oh man'," son Jose Gonzalez said.
The truck served all kinds of traditional Mexican food and was truly a family affair.
Rogelio's two oldest sons worked with him.
"Who would rob a push cart? I mean, why would you want to rob that," son Giovanny Gonzalez said. "I mean, we have no lead or nothing."
The cart used to operate every night on the corner of East 16th Street and Courtelyou. Regular customers say they've noticed its absence and already miss it.
"It's like the best food when it's real late at night," one man said. "None of these stores are open, and I get some food. I know these people personally, I say hi to them everyday. And now that it's gone, it's like alright, I got to find something else to eat."
"It was great for being able to pop out and get a taco," a woman said. "It's terrible, awful. I'm so sorry. Hopefully we'll find it right? Track em down."
The family is asking for help on Facebook and now community blogs are jumping in too.
The Gonzalez's say they are not seeking justice and they don't care who took it. They just want their truck back.
"I don't want nobody go to jail," Rogelio said. "I want everybody OK. Please leave the cart on the street."
"It's wrong what they did," Jose said. "Everybody goes through struggles in life, we struggle through it too. But you can't just come and take someone else's stuff."
The Gonzalez's did file a police report, and the NYPD is investigating.
The family hopes to find surveillance footage that could lead them to the truck.