More than five tonnes of stolen cheddar and mozzarella is missing in Sydney.
When police pulled over a car in Sydney’s north-west and discovered 150 kilograms of cheese in the back seat and boot, little did they know it was a small slice of a larger heist. There are still more than five tonnes of stolen cheddar and mozzarella out there, somewhere.
A 31-year-old man was charged on Thursday after the black Ford Focus sedan he was in was pulled over on Marsden Road, Carlingford, and he was allegedly in possession of drugs. When officers searched the car, they also found 150 kilograms of ”King Cheese” in the back seat and boot, which they allege was ”stolen or illegally obtained”.
Who would steal six tonnes of cheese? The owner, who asked not to be named, said he did not know but assumed someone would try and sell it to small stores and eateries at a bargain price.
”There was no way they would have known there was cheese in the back of the truck,” he said. He said there must have been some planning put into the theft, saying you could not just hide the 10-tonne refrigerated truck in a garage.
The owner said the cheese was insured and he had already got his hands on replacement stock. He said he held little hope of finding the rest. ”I would like the truck back though, especially in the lead up to Christmas,” he said. He had no issue with the police destroying the 150 kilograms they found, saying the officers had no way to refrigerate such a large quantity.
It was also not the first time he had been the victim of food theft. ”I had a bloke working for me who was taking a few boxes here and there and selling it on the sly,” he said.
The 31-year-old allegedly caught with the cheese, who is understood to be well-known to police, was refused bail when he appeared in court on Thursday charged with possessing prohibited drugs. He was also charged with having goods in his custody that were suspected of being stolen, in connection with the cheese.
A 38-year-old woman who was driving the car when it was stopped by police in a car park of a memorial reserve at 3.30am has not been charged.
The owner of the cheese said he did not know the man allegedly caught with the 150 kilograms, saying he believed investigations into who might have been involved in the robbery were continuing.