Monday, April 18, 2011

Rising Food Costs Spur Massive US Theft of Produce, Meat

Forget diamonds and cash. Rapid inflation and the tanking US economy have birthed a whole new wave of organized crime involving food. The New York Times (NYT) reports that a group of highly-sophisticated scam artists recently pulled off a massive food heist involving eight tractor-trailer loads full of produce and meat, all worth roughly $300,000.

The food theft was no ordinary theft, either. According to reports, the mystery thieves carefully planned the hijacking to coincide with high-priced tomatoes and other produce items that have seen heavy inflation in recent months. And instead of merely stealing the truckloads, the masterminds actually sent their own imposter trucks to pick up the loads, and pretended to deliver them to various intended destinations.'



  1. Yep, forget diamonds, you can't eat diamonds.

    Also, instead of stealing that which belongs to others, doesn't it make more sense to just try and grow their own?

    All that land over there going to waste, they could use it to plant some fruits and vegetables.

  2. Yes, after thinking about this for a good while, I realise that people are also getting a bit desperate and they are also worried about food shortages, and don't forget the threat of radiation in food from the Japanese nuclear disaster.

    Also, it had occurred to me, that these people who stole the truckloads of food are not interested in being ripped off by these food chains whose prices can get extortionate from time to time.

    LOL...yes, when the food shortages begin, you won't be able to eat those diamonds, that's for sure.


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