A refrigerated truck filled with $20,000 worth of freshly made gnocchi was stolen from outside an Australian restaurant Sunday night.
The carb-craving crook fled in the Toyota truck as a delivery driver was carrying box loads of pasta into the Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers restaurant in Brisbane at about midnight, the Daily Mail reported.
“It’s a shame for the gnocchi. I really feel sorry for the poor gnocchi. I know that sounds ridiculous but a lot of work went into making it,” one of the restaurant’s owners, Ben Cleary-Corradini, said.
The haul of gnocchi had only just been made at the Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers’ nearby factory, the owner said.
The pasta was being delivered to three of the company’s restaurants when the truck was stolen.
“I hope the truck is returned but for God’s sake I pray they treat the gnocchi with care,” Cleary-Corradini said.
“Please don’t throw it out, it’s a beautiful fresh gnocchi.”
Cleary-Corradini said he and his co-owner Theo Roduner searched the surrounding streets immediately after the bizarre theft in case a gang of teenagers had just taken the truck for a joy ride.
They found no sign of the vehicle or its cargo.
Police are now trying to track down surveillance footage and dashcam video to find the thieving gnocchi bandit.