APOPKA, Fla. – Thieves dodged surveillance cameras as they stole a smoker that belonged to a small businessman in Seminole County.
Mike McCoy, known to his friends as "Big Mike," says the large smoker was stolen from the Quick Serve Market on Bear Lake Road last week.
He said it was stolen between 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. last Monday.
"I was just mad. I couldn't believe it," McCoy told News 6.
McCoy said he started his barbecue business as a way to help raise his family. He said someone cut through heavy-duty chain to steal the smoker.
News 6 found out surveillance cameras at the market only point to the front of the parking lot, and they did not capture anyone on the side of the building where the smoker was stored.
"He's a hard-working man," said friend Elaine Schaub. "He supports a family. He doesn't deserve what is happened to him."
Schaub said McCoy has been cooking barbecue for the Bear Lake community for a long time, and when she found out what happened she said she was more angry than he was.
"I wish they would understand what they've done," she said. "They haven't only stolen a smoker, they've stolen a man's livelihood. They've stolen his tools."
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft, but so far McCoy says they have very few leads.
Meantime, Schaub has set up a GoFundMe page to help buy McCoy a new smoker.
If you have information about the stolen smoker, call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS.