Bakersfield Homeless Center’s Big Blue BBQ grill was stolen from warehouse

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The Bakersfield Homeless Center’s Big Blue BBQ grill was stolen Monday night, the organization said on social media.

BHS staff built the grill themselves as a surprise gift for CEO Louis Gill, who said he wanted the center to have its own that they could use for fundraising. Gill said the staff surprised him with the grill in October 2019.

“My mother passed away in September 2019 and the staff worked hard to complete the project so they could surprise me in October,” he said. “It was beautiful and I admit it let me tear apart.”

Gill said the BHC was unable to hold a fundraiser recently due to COVID-19, the grill was opened in a courtyard on Union Ave. 1420 stored where it was stolen sometime on Monday evening. Gill said someone cut the locks on the gates, severed the steel chains and stole the grill, which is valued at up to $ 20,000.

Anyone with information on the location of the grill is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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