Stolen delivery van’s recovery leads to donut disaster

In “Today’s Lighter Side of the News…”

REDDING — Redding police officers found themselves in the midst of a donut disaster after finding a stolen bakery delivery van parked and abandoned in the area of Oregon and Tehama streets, early Wednesday morning, Aug. 21.

Although officers who hungrily “sniffed out” the stolen delivery truck were initially elated over their fried fritter find – with all its glazed goodness and other potential “evidence” inside – their jelly-filled joy soon turned to Doroteo dismay when they discovered the truck’s precious cargo of sugary sweet sinkers had been destroyed.

Grieving officers have since vowed to get to the bottom of the cruller catastrophe and track down the Buñuelo bandits.


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“When Officers looked inside, what they found broke their hearts: over 100 discarded donuts without a home,” RPD explained in a tongue in cheek social media post about the sacrificed Sopapillas and plundered Pan Dulce.

“Yes, it’s true, we as Officers do have a sweet spot in our hearts for donuts 🍩. I mean, who doesn’t love donuts 🤷🏻‍♂️” officials continued.

As officers were beginning their investigation, they learned the delivery van had been stolen some 200 miles away from Little Maya Bakery; which has two locations, including one in Vallejo and the other in Sonoma – where the delivery truck was stolen from.

Photographs taken at the scene of the Pan Fino fiasco, in which you can sense the officers’ despair by the glazed look on their faces, show the doughy dunker devastation caused by the reckless actions of the Pierna pirates.

An officer is seen grieving over this week’s loss of a stolen delivery van filled with once edible Empanadas and delicious looking donuts. RPD photos

Officers conducted an “extensive search of the area,” according to RPD; but could not locate anyone involved in the Churro catastrophe.

Heartbroken over the Lima loss, officials said all the delicious looking donuts and Mexican pastries had to be thrown away.

The department’s humorous social media post has received thousands of reactions, comments and shares since it was posted, with hundreds of citizens offering their condolences to the officers, now mourning the loss of the once edible Empanadas.

Area resident Jeff Broocks was one of hundreds to join the fritter-fueled fun, writing, “The struggle is real. While the immediate evidence and little to no trace of a subject of interest as put “holes” in your investigation, I am quite confident there are “ crumbs” you “ glazed” over that will eventually lead to a “bear claw” like seizure of purps, ensuring “ sprinkles” of joy abound. Should I go on?”

Redding PD’s response continued the humor, with officials writing, “Jeff you are right, there are dozens and dozens of questions that need to be answered.”

Redding resident Loretta Kell offered her cruller condolences, writing, “Isn’t this the 2nd stolen donut truck RPD has found in recent years? Oh lord I’d be a crying mess at the scene, RIP sweet little donuts 😭”

Recognizing the severity of the Concha calamity, Ab Malmquist wrote, “This is exactly why police departments have chaplains! These guys need emotional support right now!”


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Others who read RPD’s humorous post, such as Mitsy Marx, of Redding, were quick to offer their help in finding the sacraficed Sargentos new homes.

“I will adopt some of these poor homeless donuts!” Marx wrote

“To think of these delectable, delicious pasteries wandering the streets, cast out, dejected, no purpose to life…why it brings a tear to my eye! 😭” the Ladrillo lover continued. “Surely the rest of you can find it in your heart to bring some of these moorless waifs into your mouth…er…home and give them a chance! Adopt a homeless donut, today!”

Redding PD has assured that their investigation is ongoing and have asked that anyone with information related to the Tecoyota tragedy to immediately contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19R054349 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.