Texas barbecue thief snags briskets worth nearly $3,000, police say

AUSTIN, Texas — A popular eatery in Austin, Texas, was robbed early Thursday morning of more than 20 whole briskets worth an estimated $3,000.

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According to the restaurant’s management, the suspected thief broke into la Barbecue shortly after 4 a.m., jumping over the side fence, cutting off the barbecue pit’s locks and loading more than 20 whole briskets into a waiting sport utility vehicle, KVUE reported.

“We’re kind of speculating that he’s been watching. You know, somebody that used to cook for us possibly. We haven’t had turnover in our house since we’ve been here, so it wouldn’t be current. So that’s also kind of strange that he knew,” Alison Clem, the restaurant’s general manager told KTBC.

“One of my strongest guys back there can barely lift 10 briskets in a box, and [the thief] lifted them over his head, so I really just think that it was planned,” Clem added.

The incident is reportedly la Barbecue’s fifth break-in, KVUE reported.

Watch video surveillance footage of the break-in below: