HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A week after his food truck was stolen, Brandon Derbigny got it back, thanks to a FOX 26 News viewer who spotted the trailer and alerted police.
“God bless, thank you,” said Derbigny to the viewers who were looking out for him. The story about his stolen trailer aired on Thursday evening on FOX 26.
Derbigny is a chef who recently completed a culinary and business program. He had been working for years to get his Cajun food truck, Swamp Thangs, off the ground.
The trailer was stolen from a storage facility in the 19000 block of FM 529. Hours after the story aired on FOX 26, viewers called in with tips of possible sightings. At around noon on Friday, a viewer spotted the trailer outside Pits by JJ off Eastex Freeway in northeast Houston. The business makes custom barbeque pits and trailers.
The man who had the Swamp Thangs trailer did not know it was stolen. Houston police said the man bought the trailer from the suspect.
Jose Galdamez, owner of Pits by JJ, said he worked on Derbigny’s trailer and was surprised to see someone else had it.
He said the man who had it found it through an online advertisement. Galdamez said it’s always better to buy a trailer from a licensed business.
“It’s better to go with a company that they can trust," explained Galdamez to FOX 26. "It’s better to spend a little bit more money on something that is legal.”
As for Derbigny, he hoped Swamp Thangs would be open for business by Saturday.
“It was going to mean the world to me and my family," said Derbigny. "We put a lot of hard work and a lot of time and we could not wait for Cinco de Mayo, so we could feed the world our crawfish, our po’boys.”
Derbigny said the trailer was damaged and most of the equipment inside the trailer was missing. It will probably take him a few months to get the trailer repaired but he added this setback is not going to kill his dream.
“Swamp Thangs is [going to] get ‘thangs’ together because that fire is lit and can’t no man blow it out,” said Derbigny.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case.
Be on the lookout for the Swamp Thangs food truck out in Houston sometime this summer.