Thief Steals $9,000 in Maverik Turkey Coupons

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Thief Steals $9,000 in Maverik Turkey Coupons

SALT LAKE CITY -- Each Christmas, Maverik gives its employees a coupon for a free turkey, but this year a thief stole the company car of Maverik Co.’s executive director, Bob Child's, last week and made off with the coupons, according to a report by

Child backed the car out of his garage and then ran into his house to grab something he forgot. "When I came back out, the car was backing out of the driveway," he said.

The thief had ditched another car, which police say was stolen earlier that morning. "He had already gone through the transmission on that car and knocked the muffler off. It looked like it was a good joyride for him," said Child.

Along with the car, the thief got away with Child's laptop computer, golf clubs, digital camera and wallet. But also in the backseat were 700 coupons—one for each Maverik employee in the state for a free Christmas turkey. The coupons are worth $9,000.

Some employees choose to donate their coupons to the Utah Food Bank, and others look forward to it for themselves, according to the report.

Child says the company will try to purchase more coupons for its workers.

The stolen coupons can't be voided, so Child hopes the thief doesn't throw them away. "We just plead with him. If you have them, don't throw them away. Take them to the food bank or donate them or something. Don't just use one or two of them and throw the rest of them away. It would really be a waste of a lot of food for many people," said Child in the report.