Virginia Beach Police ask for help locating food truck stolen from church parking lot

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Police are asking the community for help in identifying the suspect who stole a food truck from the Church of the Ascension parking lot on Princess Anne Road.

The owner, Gabriele Bianezze, told News 3 he's a volunteer at the church and leaves it in the parking lot.  Bianezze believed it would be safe and said he noticed it missing on June 21.

"I cooked the food and it's like I don't even walk. It's enjoyment and now it's all gone," said the owner.

The trailer has “La Cucina Di Sophia” written on one side and “A Taste of Italy” written on the other side. Fresh Italian food was made inside. It was the owner's way of bringing a piece of home to Hampton Roads.

"I've always wanted to do a food truck for some reason. Even when I owned a restaurant I was like 'oh I'm going to own a food truck.'"

Bianezze said he drives it to the Newport News Shipyard Monday through Friday where dozens of workers would place their order.

He stated, "It started very slow because it was new for me and so I didn't know many things, but I started learning and I started getting very good."

Bianezze believes at least $20,000 was stolen inside the Italian Food Truck although it was locked. He tells News 3 it was his only source of income and is now struggling to support his family.

"I lost the shipyard, I'm losing the breweries, I'm losing whatever I built in two years; it's my life. I hope I find it today, this afternoon," added the owner.

There are green, white, and red Italian flag logos on the sides and back door.

Police said the trailer's Virginia license tag is CT753644.

If you have any information to help solve this crime, you're asked to call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.