A truck containing enough ground beef to make 160,000 burgers has disappeared.
The theft was discovered when a truck loaded with 20 tons of meat failed to make a scheduled delivery to a meatpacking plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When the plant investigated the whereabouts of the wayward meat delivery, they learned that a trucker made the scheduled pickup at the Nicholas Meatpacking plant near Loganton, Pennsylvania, loaded up his tractor trailer, and drove off. He was supposed to deliver the 40,000 pounds of meat to the plant in Wisconsin but never showed up to the delivery site.
Police soon uncovered the fact that the wily—and apparently hungry—thief had used a fake ID to pick up the delivery, and the company information on the tractor trailer was “fraudulent,” according to a report by the Associated Press. The thief got away with an estimated $110,000 worth of beef.
While most food theft is on a much smaller scale, this meat thief is not alone in his crime. Earlier this month it was reported that meat is currently the top item stolen by shoplifters in America, due in part to rapidly rising prices.
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