staff and news service reports
updated 10/7/2010 5:09:01 PM ET 2010-10-07T21:09:01

Police in a suburb northwest of New York City are searching for a 10-foot-long, 7-foot-wide hot dog stand that was stolen last month.

Owner Fred Martucci said he's devastated over the loss of "Fred's Franks" after having worked 9-hour days and 6-day weeks in it for over a year, according to The Journal News.

"They took my business. They took my livelihood, my means of supporting my family," the 54-year-old told the newspaper. "It hit me the other day when I realized that I have no work to go to and no way to make money."

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According to surveillance footage, the trailer was taken on Sept. 30 between 8 and 8:20 p.m., the newspaper reported.

Footage showed three men cut the trailer's securing locks and cables, load it onto their pick-up and drive it north on Route 303, according to The Journal News.

Police did not get detailed descriptions of the suspected robbers because the crime occurred at night and in the rain.

Martucci, who told the paper that he wasn't sure if he could replace the $25,000 trailer, added that some of his customers were also upset by the theft.

"My customers are heartbroken," he told the newspaper. "One little boy was in tears. He comes almost every day. Hot dogs are just about all he eats."

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