Tillamook Cheese Vans Melt Into Thin Air In California

tillamook-cheese-busesMANTECA (CBS13) – Police say that the whole Tillamook Cheese Tour truck caravan was stolen from the parking lot of a Manteca hotel Saturday morning.

The trailer was parked at the Hampton Inn along Bass Pro Drive in Manteca, Manteca Police say. At some point between 12:30 and 6:30 a.m., police say, thieves took off with the whole caravan of vehicles – which not only includes a pickup truck and a trailer, but three classic Volkswagen Mini Buses.

The VW Mini Buses were in the trailer, which was attached to a Ford F-350, when the theft happened, police say. Police say that the VW Mini Buses alone are worth about $100,000 each. The buses are used as a part of Tillamook’s promotional tour, each one highlighting the company’s different cheese, yogurt and ice cream products.

It shouldn’t be too hard to spot the vehicles, as all of them are custom-painted orange with the “Tillamook” logo emblazoned on the sides. Anyone who knows where the vehicles might be is asked to call the Manteca Police Department at (209) 456-8101. The following is the vehicle’s description, along with their license plate numbers:

♦ 2008 Ford F350, Oregon License plate number Y116821
♦ Wells Cargo Trailer, Oregon License plate number TF1144
♦ 1964 VW Mini Bus, Oregon License plate number YUM4
♦ 1966 VW Mini Bus, Oregon License plate number YUM5
♦ 1959 VW Mini Bus, Oregon License plate number YUM6



Police Scoop Up Two Florida Men for Stealing Ice Cream

Taijh_Flash_and_Angus_BlazeTaijh Flash, left, and Angus Blaze

LAKE WALES — About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, participants in the Mall Walker program were getting their exercise by walking around Eagle Ridge Mall before its stores opened for business.

Two men decided they would do their walking over to the Hershey Ice Cream Shop in the food court and help themselves, police said. What they didn’t realize was that while the shop wasn’t [yet] open for business, its security camera was, police said.

Police identified the pair as Angus Blaze, 38, and Taijh Flash, 19, both of 325 Ninth St. W., Frostproof. They each were charged Friday with two counts of burglary and two counts of petty theft and booked into the Polk County Jail.

Caught in full view of the security camera was Blaze entering the closed business and helping himself to an ice cream cone, according to police reports. Flash was seen on the video warning Blaze of another person approaching the food court, according to police.

The two left, but apparently one cone wasn’t enough. The two men returned, re-entering the view of the camera, police said. Blaze removed a gallon tub of chocolate ice cream along with several ice cream cones from behind the camera with Flash again acting as lookout, police said.

Police said the two men left on a Winter Haven Area Transit bus, the same bus on which they were arrested two days later after detectives said they had viewed the video and identified them.