From caviar to baked beans, Food thefts are rising. The most stolen food item is cheese; honey, walnuts, and tomatoes are also big business. Here are ten enthralling recent thefts
Sellers of tinned items, beware. In the early hours of Monday evening, 6,400 tins of Heinz baked beans were snatched from a parked lorry in Worcestershire. Thieves sliced through the sides as the driver slept. However, you have to be careful with not just the beans in tins. All kinds of food are increasingly taken advantage of by criminals. Food crime is a severe issue with serious consequences, but it’s difficult not to swoon when considering an entire inventory of Austrian milk chocolate. Here’s a rundown of some of the most impressive food-related crimes we have seen recently.
It’s more likely to be known as an addiction rather than espionage; thieves in Germany took PS13,600 worth of Nutella in April after stealing the jars off a parked trailer. Seven pallets were stolen, which equates to 6,875 jars of enormous size – which is 27m calories of the hazelnut and chocolate spread. They might be part of a tangled worldwide network that includes Nutella criminals; in March, it was reported that $5,000 (about 3000 PS) of Nutella is missing every week from Columbia’s eating facilities. One representative from the student council claimed that the staff “couldn’t really believe … how much they were going through the stuff.”
A man and a woman from New Zealand were arrested after getting caught carrying 20 kg blocks of cheese vacuum-packed, which were stolen from an unidentified train. While the police chased the couple, the cheese was thrown out of the car onto the road in what could be remembered as one of the most strange car tracks in recent history. It is believed that cheese is the most snatched food kind. A report from 2011 even went as far as to declare the item “high risk” after discovering PS4.9m of it had been stolen in the UK in the year that was only. This is a problem for the US too. In March, a man was found driving an 18-wheeler packed with the equivalent of $200,000 worth of stolen cheese from Wisconsin. Veniamin Balika had plans to sell the cheese made by Amish on the market for black cheese.
In a theft that will possibly be recorded as Canada’s Great Train Robbery, thieves took PS12.5m of syrup from a storage facility, threatening the country’s vitality. The incident occurred last August in Quebec. Quebec. Anne-Marie Granger Godbout from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers told the Reuters media agency: “I can assure you there will be no shortage in maple syrup.” Canada cannot imagine the joy we feel for this fact.
In October of this year, Northern California lost 80,000 lbs (36,287kg) of walnuts, estimated at $300,000. They were stolen in two separate installments over several days. The walnuts were seized to be shipped out but did not reach their destinations. Police suspect it was due to the ” suspicious delivery driver” with an unmistakably Russian accent. Walnut thefts have been on the rise in recent months, and just last week, more than $50,000 worth of nuts were taken from a different farm located in California. An increase in the demand for walnuts in Asia and a decrease in the number of tree species has increased the value of walnuts, making them a more valued commodity.
Some thieves love eating hot food. But, not content with a steak bake from Gregg’s, one young couple paid a PS572 bill in the Michelin-starred eatery L’Autre Pied in Marylebone and then fled without paying. In addition to the atmosphere of glitzy mischief, the table was subsequently booked under the name of Lupin, likely after one of the famous French criminals, Arsene Lupin. The perpetrator, a 27-year-old Latvian man identified as Janis Nords taken into custody by the police while trying to steal another dinner valued at PS1,022 from L’Oranger at St James’s. The young filmmaker admitted to nine crimes but claimed that he just wanted to please his wife, who admitted to the police she did not know about the scam and was “unaware” of the fraud.
Many of us imagine owning 18 tonnes of chocolaty goodness (and it is our dream); however, for criminals in Austria, the goal came to an actuality when they snatched 33 lots of milk chocolate that tasted delicious from a chocolatier in Bludenz. The authorities discovered that the papers for the driver’s vehicle and the vehicle were faked when the actual truck showed up.
The preferred delicacy of Bond villains, And being extremely popular with Russians in celebrations of the new year, caviar is a delicious food item. In 2005, as the celebrations for the new year were continuing, thieves in Moscow took away 845 bottles of caviar and took them from a truck. What is the total cost of the theft? The sum is a staggering $470,000.
Honey is a highly sought-after item. In the last month, thieves with sweet teeth entered the Holland & Barrett store in Bodmin, Cornwall, and grabbed around 100 containers of high-end manuka honey. They sought Manuka’s potential antibacterial properties; huge bottles can be sold for upwards of PS50. In August, a Tesco manager decided that manuka honey was so popular that it should be tagged with a security tag. “The fact is that you have people with expensive tastes but not necessarily the money in their pockets to pay for them,” the manager stated to The Daily Mail.
Police in Canada were not looking for usual tense encounters with criminals this month after the theft of 40,000 pounds (about 18,000kg) of beef were taken from the truck located in Hamilton. The suspects took an entire tractor-trailer truck from an area of a truck yard, making off with 100,000 worth of beef. Local newspapers report that the meat was not recovered. The same month, a 21-year-old from that area was discovered taking it off a stall with $250 worth of steaks.
In 2011, a rise in tomato prices triggered – yes, you know what – an increase in the theft of the fruit. In Florida, an armed gang stole six tractor-loaded tomatoes during a heist that cost $300,000, including the trucks full of frozen meat and cucumbers. The poor crop in Mexico caused price hikes. Similar conditions have resulted in the theft of corn and soybeans.