Bo’s Produce Stand Burgled; Culprit “At Least Eating Healthy” – Police

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Story & Photos by Nicholas Johnson

Bo Colello spent Thursday evening (Sept. 2nd) playing trivia at his son’s bar and grill in Des Moines.

A little after 10 a.m. Friday morning he was forced to spend $245 at Rosella’s Fruit & Produce Company on E. Marginal Way South after he discovered boxes and crates of his produce had been stolen sometime the night before.

Colello has owned and operated a fruit stand next door to his home at 19616 Des Moines Memorial Drive for the past six years. At no point in all those years had anything ever been taken from his stand.

“When I came out this morning, holy cow, I found that somebody had come in here and took all kinds of shit from me,” he said as he listed off the items.

Somebody made off with whole cases of bananas, apples, limes, avocados, watermelons, cucumbers and tomatoes, as well as every last carrot and 12 quarts of honey, he said. Colello isn’t yet sure how much the loss will cost him, but he plans to crunch the numbers and take inventory tonight (Friday).

Karen Sweeney (right) and Christina Kovatch head toward their car Friday afternoon with bags of produce in hand. Bo’s Fruit Stand was burglarized sometime between 6 p.m. Thursday evening and 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s Office said SeaTac Police officers responded about 11 a.m. Friday morning. He said there are currently no suspects in the case; however he speculates the culprit “is at least eating healthy.”

Colello’s stand isn’t under tight security by any means, yet he does have a video camera pointed at the side entrance to his stand, which is typically only used by him and his employees to stock produce. And while he figures the thief likely came in from the side, he has no proof because his camera was turned off all night.

“I couldn’t believe it when I realized the camera hadn’t been on,” he said.

Despite waking up to his fruit stand’s first burglary, Colello’s classic charm and Italian spunk remained intact. Customers perused fresh produce as though nothing happened and Colello rang them up just the same. Nevertheless, he’s hopeful someone saw something Thursday night or early Friday morning.

“I’m Italian,” he said. “If I knew who did it, he wouldn’t be around too long; you know what I mean?”

Anyone with information is urged to call Sgt. Urquhart at (206) 296-7528, or Mr. Colello’s business line at (206) 824-3465 or his cell phone at (206) 335-0878.

Look for more information as it becomes available here on The B-Town Blog.

William Barredos of Des Moines gets his change back after purchasing some of Bo’s street-side produce Thursday afternoon. Bo won’t know exactly how much was taken until he does inventory Friday night.

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