A stakeout could be coming after a rare crime: the theft of a thousand pounds of packaged steaks and ground beef.
“We should have 600 pounds, 640 pounds per animal,” said David Montoya.
Montoya is a manager for the Wolf Springs Ranch near Taos. He pulled out his notepad where he keeps track of how much meat is stored for his boss.
Montoya said he keeps the ranch’s processed steaks at the Taos County Economic Development Corporation, where they have a community-like freezer.
Montoya estimates that 30 businesses use the freezers to store their products, but earlier this week, Montoya said he got a heads up that someone was selling his steaks around town. When he went to check on his storage, Montoya saw a good chunk of his products were missing.
“Right now there’s maybe 900 pounds of meat maybe left in there,” said Montoya. “So I’m estimating we lost in the neighborhood of 900 pounds of ground steaks and roast.”
That’s almost $5,400 worth of meat.
“A thousand pounds worth of steaks?” asked local Rudy Rael. “I don’t know, that’s pretty desperate.”
Montoya filed a police report, but said the theft will hurt the ranch badly.
“This is probably a make it or break it type of deal,” said Montoya.
Locals said the thieves should turn themselves in.
“It doesn’t have to be meat or anything, anything that you own and someone comes and takes it from you, that’s not right,” said Rael.
“It’s heartbreaking to work this hard and then have someone else help themselves to your product,” said Montoya.
Taos Police said they’re still reviewing surveillance video and do have a suspect or two in mind, but so far no one has been charged.