NYT: Vegetable bandits strike as food prices soar
By way of the New York Times and MSNBC, here's a story about a ring of vegetable-truck hijackers, who set up a false company in order to carry out their crimes:
The high price of produce, especially for tomatoes after the deep winter freezes, has attracted more than heightened attention from consumers. A ring of sophisticated vegetable bandits was watching, too.
Late last month, a gang of thieves stole six tractor-trailer loads of tomatoes and a truck full of cucumbers from Florida growers. They also stole a truckload of frozen meat. The total value of the illegal haul: about $300,000.
The thieves disappeared with the shipments just after the price of Florida tomatoes skyrocketed after freezes that badly damaged crops in Mexico.
Read the full story here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42603382/ns/us_news-the_new_york_times/
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