|Renuka Devi Prasad and Wing Fai Lee|
(Scroll down for video) Several restaurants sacrificed food safety for profit by buying stolen meat that thieves kept under their pants, police in Oregon said.
Portland Police said that two food cart operators bought stolen meat and other items for their restaurants.
Thieves were stealing meat from stores, pushing it down their pants and sold it to the food cart vendors.
48-year-old Renuka Devi Prasad and 56-year-old Wing Fai Lee, knowingly bought several stolen items from the thieves, including soda, oven cleaner and cookware.
Both were charged with attempted theft by receiving. Prasad told investigators that she thought she was buying meat from a wholesaler.
She owns Ren’s Bubble Tea while Lee owns Chop Chop. Both of their food carts are still open for business. The investigation began after Safeway filed a complaint about stolen meat.
During the investigation, some food cart vendors showed interest in buying stolen items from undercover police officers.