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Food truck owner thanks FOX 13 for helping reunite him with stolen generator

Posted at 11:19 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 13:25:45-04

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — The owner of the "Bomb Dilla" food truck is expressing his gratitude now that his stolen generator has been returned.

"It's incredible, like the community really stepped up and actually helped us out, or even in general, just starting with [FOX 13 News], you know, helping us get the story out and it's a word of mouth type of thing," said Ruben Sauyun, Bomb Dilla food truck owner.

Sauyun serves up quesadillas, tater tots and other comfort food to his customers, and his generator is the lifeblood of his operation.

The generator was stolen in broad daylight on August 8 and FOX 13 first reported on the theft Tuesday. Surveillance video shows two men driving toward the scene in an older model red and white GMC pickup, then returning a couple of hours later to take the generator.

Dallen Chitty, who runs Hy & Mike's Pawn in Salt Lake City, saw that report and contacted police, saying the stolen generator, the suspects and the pickup in the report all looked familiar.

"We know what it's like to be a small business. People think pawnshops are crooked but we're just happy to help the community in any way we can," Chitty said.

Police identified the suspects as Branden Karpakis and Eddie Salazar. Karpakis was arrested on outstanding warrants Thursday and investigators are still searching for Salazar.

Anyone with information on Salazar's location is urged to contact North Salt Lake Police at 801-335-8650.