13 Greatest Food Heists Of All Time
What would you do with 20 tons of Nutella?
I’ve definitely daydreamed once or twice about living a life with endless amounts of my favorite foods. I could run off with a truckload of mozzarella sticks, dive into a pool of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, or even fill my bedroom with enough popcorn to get me through months of Netflix binging. Of course, these are all just food fantasies that will never actually happen, but a girl can dream.
What would happen if someone actually pulled off stealing a boatload of food? Can you get away with that? Turns out food felonies are almost as common as bank robberies. From stolen Girl Scout cookies to bottles of the finest wines, here are the top 13 food heists that are just too crazy to be true.
If you like a warm bowl of tomato soup with grilled cheese, this guy likes it more. In 2013, a man was charged for stealing a Publix tractor-trailer in Central Florida full of Campbell’s cans.
If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to have $100,000 worth of liquor, these thieves definitely did too. A group of nine people organized multiple heists starting in 2008, and in 2015 only some of the barrels had been recovered.
A group of burglars stole a refrigerated trailer in Germany full of Nutella, Kinder Surprise eggs, and other chocolates. The estimated worth of the chocolate is approximately $82,000. That’s quite the sugar rush.
Everyone’s heard not to steal candy from a baby, but we really should be told not to steal cookies from Girl Scouts. A troop leader in Kentucky picked up 6,250 boxes of cookies over the course of three days in three different counties, and then vanished. We guess she really wanted some Samoas.
They say Canadians are supposed to be nice, but these guys sure showed them. Robbers stole 20,000 liters of maple syrup from a Quebec cargo facility, and this wasn’t even the first maple syrup robbery in Canada. That must have been one big brunch party.
A father and son duo stole more than $40,000 worth of chicken wings from the restaurant they worked at. The two ordered the wings from their supplier and planned to sell the restaurant’s shipment for a discounted price on the street and to other businesses.
Wisconsin really loves cheese, so when an entire trailer full was stolen it came as quite a low blow. What’s worse? The thieves unloaded all of the cheese at a grocery store nearby, and it was on the shelves fairly quickly. Stolen cheese on aisle 3!
We would love a truck full of $5,000 worth of Little Debbie’s snacks. But when someone steals a just loaded truck in a small town in Arkansas, suddenly it seems so wrong.
Russian Mobsters are the stars of this food heist. The 27 members were accused of stealing a 5-ton cargo shipment of sweets, and attempting to sell the chocolate back to a government agent.
Thieves made away with $400,000 worth of California walnuts by breaking into a facility and stealing bins of nuts. The farmers were less than thrilled, but this was just one of many nut-related robberies in California.
Two men stole chicken wings from the cold storage business they worked at. The men loaded a rental truck with an estimated 26,000 pounds of nuggets. We hope they had enough ketchup for all that chicken.
In a world where guac is always extra, people take drastic measures to get the green stuff. This case took place over many months of three employees subtly selling the produce through a back door. The men pocketed the cash until their boss realized what was going on.
Two thieves broke into Thomas Keller’s French Laundry and stole the finest wine in the restaurant. The total robbery was 76 bottles, many of which were vintage and rare, high value varieties. Don’t drink it all at once.