What’s up with the hot cheese in Wisconsin? Not jalapeno hot, but stolen hot, as police recovered a second load of Wisconsin cheese in a week that somehow disappeared when nobody was looking. These cheese loads are worth tens of thousands of dollars so it isn’t just some guy out there with a hankering for cheese taking all these dairy products.
Not even a gang with a really heavy cheese habit would need this much cheddar or Parmesan cheese. According to MSN News on January 29, the first load of cheese was reported stolen on January 15 when 41,000 pounds of Parmesan cheese worth a cool $90,000 never reached its scheduled destination in Illinois after leaving a Marshfield distributor in a semi-tractor-trailer truck.
Then on Monday another $70,000 pounds of a cheese in different varieties, including cheddar, were nabbed out of a distribution center in Germantown. Police recovered the entire shipment of Parmesan cheese intact after following up on a tip that the cheese was in a warehouse in Grand Chute. The variety of cheese that was stolen on Monday was found in Milwaukee on Friday.
News West 9, a local NBC News station, reports that police haven’t said if the two cheese capers are related. It appears that unless the thieves plan on eating all that cheese by themselves the cheese will go to waste. The products were rendered unlawful for resale when the thieves broke the seal opening up the truck, reports Fox News.
“This was not a one or two-person job,” reports Lt. Todd Grenier, who found the empty trailer from Monday’s stolen load of the variety of cheese products about 10 hours after it was first reported as missing. The two cheese heists occurred about 200 miles apart. Law enforcement has not offered up a theory as to why cheese is such a hot commodity lately that it is getting stolen by the truckloads.