November 4th, 2013
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It’s been a big year for booze and food heists. Thousands of jars of Nutella! Hundreds of bottles of outrageously good bourbon! Tons, literally, of Muenster cheese. None of it was safe.
Let’s get to the shocking details.

Stolen: 65 cases (about 195 bottles) of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon 
In October 2013, all that iconic 20-year-old bourbon, plus nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye were stolen from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. The total value of the theft is said to be around $26,000 (that bourbon sells at auction for as much as $1,190 per bottle). A local high school principal (!) is being investigated on claims that he tried to sell the stolen booze to a Louisville, Kentucky, liquor store, but he argues that he was at the liquor store to inquire about purchasing it, not to sell it. The case is still under investigation.
Stolen: 384 pounds of marinated meat
A man broke into JK Kabab House, an Indian restaurant in Chicago and snatched hundreds of pounds of marinated chicken, lamb and beef in September. He tried to ride off to glory with the meat—about $800 worth—balanced in a bucket on the front of his bike; when that proved unwieldy, he switched to a shopping cart. It was all caught on a surveillance camera. Said Grub Street, “Police say they’re now looking for a guy who’s been doing a lot of grilling.”
Stolen: 11,000 pounds of Nutella
With a street value of $21,000, 6,500 jars of Nutella were stolen from a parked trailer in the central Germany town of Bad Hersfeld last April. (The AP called it “gooey loot.”) Maybe the thieves were throwing a massive post-rave brunch: A trailer full of coffee and a few tons of Red Bull disappeared from the same town in March.
Stolen: $75,000 worth of Campbell’s soup
April was a big month for stolen cans and jars of beloved food items. That same month, a man stole a tractor-trailer full of the soup from a truck stop in Central Florida. He was caught when a trooper pulled him over just after passing through a toll plaza. He was charged with two counts of grand theft - the truck itself was worth $275,000. The all-important question I have: What variety of Campbell’s soup did the guy try to get away with?
Stolen: 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese
In March, a thief took 21 tons of the stinky cheese from the K&K Cheese creamery in Cashton, Wisconsin. (K&K says the Muenster was worth $200,000.) He made it all the way to the New Jersey Turnpike in a refrigerated truck full of the goods before he was caught. The cheese company declined to take the cheese back, fearing that it might be contaminated. It was decided that it would be inspected by New Jersey health inspectors and then donated to charity if it was found to be safe.

Author's note: "If the thief had stolen French Muenster cheese, the truck would have been super stinky. Since he took the American-made version - which is much milder - his ride was less smelly, at least until he got busted."

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  1. Seven Bengalie

    This shows what people are thinking. Steal a large quantity of food and make a killing. They all got caught. Food got wasted in the process. Evidence or fear it was tampered with. What bothers me the most, is this will increase in occurrence as the economy stalls.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:28 am |

    I can't believe that you omitted the biggest one of all!! The $18 million Canadian maple syrup heist at the beginning of January!!! C'mon, how could you forget that??!!

    November 5, 2013 at 4:22 am |
  3. OH NO


    November 5, 2013 at 12:50 am |
  4. Melissa

    This is what happens when people start to get desperate. We haven't seen the last.

    November 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • Terry

      No, this is what happens when people are scumbags.

      November 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
  5. Ally

    Muenster isn't a "stinky" cheese. I think maybe you're confusing it with Bleu Cheese. To me muenster has a very mild, almost buttery taste.

    November 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Jaymey

      I agree.

      November 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Dan

      Real Muenster cheese is really stinky, the muenster you refer to is the American variety.

      November 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
      • Ryan

        Muenster is from the US, you must be confusing it with the French cheese known as Munster.

        November 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
        • Julius Cheeser

          You mean the original Muenster? New "Munsters" can be quite smelly. French munster is also smelly, in addition to the "muenster" and it's aforementioned degree of smelliness. Have you smelled the American version of muenster, or the munster?

          November 5, 2013 at 8:40 am |
  6. cali girl

    A story was ran in a San Francisco news station, about the "theft" of food pantry give away days. Vans fill up with Asian Women and go from one site to another to get their rations. Then they can be found in an alley way selling the free food.

    November 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Terry


      November 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
      • PQ


        November 5, 2013 at 8:37 am |
  7. Nibbles McMouse

    Muenster isn't "stinkky cheese;" it's just got an orange rind.

    November 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  8. JC

    Muenster cheese is not stinky.

    November 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
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