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Corn thief! El Burrito offers reward for safe return of corn roaster

Someone made off with an El Burrito Mercado corn roaster similar to this one. Locate the thief and get a $500 reward.

Someone made off with an El Burrito Mercado corn roaster similar to this one. Locate the thief and get a $500 reward.

Is nothing sacred?

Elote, the delicious combination of sweet corn, mayo, lime, chile, and cheese, is probably the most recognizable Mexican street treat after the taco. El Burrito Mercado on St. Paul's West Side has been selling elote outside its store and at festivals for as long as anybody can remember. But someone has come along and attempted a corny coup. 

Early Sunday morning, El Burrito posted a plea on Facebook asking for any leads on who might have pulled up to their property in a light-colored pickup, hitched one of their corn roasters, and made off with it. 

As of yet, there are still no leads, even with a $500 cash reward ($1,000 if the thief is caught and convicted). But most importantly, the crime hasn't stopped the party. El Burrito posted this message for loyal roasted corn fans:

And, thanks to their superior product, El Burrito can count on the utmost effort by St. Paul's finest.

"They have the best [roasted corn]," said Sgt. Mike Ernster of the St. Paul Police Department in the Star Tribune. “That’s why this is a crime near and dear to my heart.”

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Anybody with information can call St. Paul Police, or the restaurant at 651-227-2192. 

El Burrito Mercado 

175 Cesar Chavez St. St. Paul 

651- 227-2192

elburritomercado.com