Early morning theft of catering trailer has Nooga-Q owner fighting mad

Surveillance video caught the theft; owner drove by 30 minutes later

Chris Rock once said “Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” It was 6 a.m. Wednesday morning when a catering trailer behind Nooga-Q near Signal Mountain was taken from a parking spot behind the business.

A surveillance camera nearby caught it all. A red Ford F-150 drives on to the lot, backs into the trailer, hitches it and leaves. From beginning to end, it only took nine minutes. Only a half-hour later, owner Tami Smith drove by.

“When I came by the property, looked over…didn’t think I saw it. Thought maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me. It was still dark. I went and picked up my Starbucks and came back and, sure enough, the trailer was gone.”

The trailer holds thousands of dollars’ worth of catering equipment. While no one was hurt, the theft injures the business. It also raises anger in Smith’s heart.

“I’m a single mother, and this is how I support my three kids. This is my life. I love what I do. Coming in here, and seeing that someone just came here and I missed them by thirty minutes, and just took something that wasn’t theirs while I’m here working my butt off… I just don’t get it. I can’t stand a thief.”

Smith posted about the theft on Facebook, and let’s just say she didn’t hold back. Her reasoning comes from a business angle, but it crosses over into personal territory.

“I tell people all the time: ‘When you own a business, you have to know your threshold for theft. This guy reached and surpassed my threshold.”

Anyone with information about the theft of Nooga-Q’s catering trailer is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department. You don’t have to give your name, and you’ll have someone very grateful to have her property back.

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