Juan Macias woke up Friday morning and his livelihood was gone.
His taco trailer — white with “Margarita’s Tacos” in yellow, red and green paint — had been stolen from in front of his house in Atwater at 1457 Meadows Street.
“I am severely heartbroken,” said Macias, 31. “I don’t know whether to cry or get mad. That’s the only source of income I have, to feed my family.”Flash forward to Friday afternoon. After the Sun-Star posted a story on its website about the missing trailer, Andrea Devoe called from Atwater. “I just saw that trailer,” she said. She’d spotted it on Orchard Park Road off Fruitland Avenue.
Sun-Star photographer Marci Stenberg was in the area, so she went by and photographed the trailer. Atwater Police Department Detective Armando Echevarria said the trailer had been recovered and that it was being checked for latent fingerprints. He said there was a chance the generator on the trailer had been stolen. Officers had told Macias they’d found it.
Macias’ family includes his wife and two children, 5 and 6 years old.
They had planned to leave Friday for Baja, Mexico, for a gathering of their relatives. “Now I can’t consider going,” Macias said before his trailer, which contained only soda, was found. He said he’s owned it for about four years.
He parked the trailer, which must be hitched to a vehicle, every day along North Buhach Road in Atwater. “Business was fair,” he said. “I was able to feed my wife and kids.”
And now he’ll be able to do it again.--Mike Tharp