Stolen BBQs leaves bad taste in Purdon’s mouth
GRAVENHURST — Someone’s enjoying great big barbecues this summer — thanks to David Purdon.
But he’s not happy — because they stole two of his commercial-grade BBQs.
He says thieves targeted his Muskoka Meats & 100 Mile Store beef store south of Gravenhurst.
Back in late May a large barbecue disappeared from his new Hwy. 11 store.
Purdon and police have been looking for it since.
A disappointed had already had bookings made for the custom-made BBQ with grill and holding tray.
He says he been told that many people think they may have seen the barbecue at private and public functions throughout Muskoka.
Purdon will often donate it, his time and meat for fundraising events.
Now a second, even larger barbecue has gone missing.
He sometime between July 13 and 15 the padlock was compromised and it, too, disappeared as well.
The large barbecue would hold a pig up to 250 lbs.
Both barbecues were custom-made by Del Huffman, who has spent countless hours welding, bending metal and fabricating them.
Many people had planned to rent it for parties and pig roasts this summer and if it’s not returned the renters will have to make other arrangements.
So, if you’re burger or steak tastes off, odd or a little funny this summer, maybe there’s a reason.
Purdon says if anyone sees or hears anything about these missing barbecues to please call
Crime Stoppers or the Ontario Provincial Police at Bracebridge, 705-645-2211.
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