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

 

Man Buying $3 Ice Cream Treat Gets Meth With His Change

kelly_brown_2BRENTWOOD — A man buying a $3 chocolate treat from an ice cream truck got an extra something with his change — a baggie of methamphetamine.

It could have been an innocent mistake, according to police, but the ice cream man was arrested and prosecutors will ultimately decide if he should be charged.

The 30-year-old Brentwood man told police he took a break from working on his pickup truck at about 3 p.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of Mountain View Drive to cool off with some ice cream. When he handed the suspect $20, a dime-bag size of meth was tucked in his $17 in change.

After the man said he didn’t want the drug, the suspect replied he didn’t know how the baggie ended up in his truck and asked the man to throw it away, according to police. The man kept the bag and called police.

Five minutes later, officers found 62-year-old Kelly Brown of Oakley and his truck at a gas station at John Muir Parkway and Balfour Road. Brown repeated to officers that he does not sell drugs, and theorized the bag of meth could have come from a customer earlier in the day. Brown was arrested on suspicion of possession and transportation of methamphetamine, both felonies.

He was booked at Martinez Detention Facility. The case will be sent to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office for review. Lt. Doug Silva of Brentwood police called it an isolated case and said they have no reports of similar incidents involving Brown.

“It’s very possible he could have accepted this from someone else,” Silva said. There were no children involved in the incident, police said.

NOTE: Thanks and a tip of the hat to Lisa Fenger!

Armed Suspect Arrested After Botched Ice Cream Robbery

vanilla ice cream cardboard tub with plastic SpoonAn armed man was arrested after attempting to steal ice cream from a Richmond market and pointing his gun at the employees who confronted him, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The attempted robbery happened around 6 p.m. Monday at the Bayview Meat and Fish store at 1025 S. 47th St., according to Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.

When two workers saw the suspect trying to steal ice cream and stopped him, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at them, she said.

Abetkov said it appears the suspect pulled back the gun’s slide to place a bullet in the weapon’s chamber but did not fire it. He then ran from the store, but officers caught him a short time later.

The suspect, a 28-year-old Richmond man, was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and brandishing a weapon and was taken to county jail in Martinez. No injuries were reported during the attempted robbery.

Man Arrested for Stealing Sip of Milk in San Francisco Eatery

CONSUMER Milk 1This guy liked coffee with his milk, apparently.

A man was arrested after allegedly stealing some milk from a Bayview restaurant on Wednesday, police said.

The 38-year-old suspect is alleged to have entered the restaurant in the 3800 block of Third Street about 1 p.m., police said, and grabbed a bottle of milk and took a sip. He then tried to put the bottle back and a 37-year-old man working at the restaurant said he had to pay for the milk.

The suspect reportedly said no and grabbed a hot pot of coffee and tried to throw it on the victim, police said. The victim was not injured during the ordeal.

The suspect fled the eatery and was arrested across the street.

He was identified as Guerrero Anderson. His city of residence was unknown, police Officer Albie Esparza said. He was booked on a robbery charge and had an outstanding warrant for grand theft.

Man Sues McDonald’s for $1.5 Million: They Gave Me Only One Napkin With My Quarter-Pounder Deluxe

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“I should have went to eat at the Jack-in-the-Box.”

McDonalds has made a new golden arch enemy — a California man is suing the company for $1.5 million because he says he only got one napkin with his meal.

Webster Lucas claims he was stiffed on napkins at the Mickey D’s in Pacoima, CA on January 29th after ordering a Quarter Pounder Deluxe. And, when he went up to the counter to ask for more, he was rudely rebuffed by the manager, who insisted he already got some.

According to his lawsuit, Lucas then retorted, “I should have went to eat at the Jack-in-the-Box because I didn’t come here to argue over napkins. I came here to eat.”

That’s when Lucas (who is black) says things got racist — claiming the manager (a Mexican-American) mumbled something about “you people.”

Lucas subsequently emailed the general manager to complain, insisting he couldn’t work because of the “undue mental anguish” he was suffering as a result of the napkin debacle, and says he was insultingly offered free burgers in return.

Lucas wants to super size instead — $1.5 million.

Parole Denied for Woman Who Poisoned Her Husband’s Milkshake

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A Redwood City woman serving 13 years to life in prison for attempting to kill her husband with an insecticide-laced milk shake before fleeing to Mexico for several years with their young son was denied parole Tuesday for another three years.

The parole hearing at the women’s prison in Chowchilla found Elizabeth Fuentes-Ortiz, 44, unsuitable for release. The decision was Fuentes’ second denial since becoming eligible for parole. She was convicted in February 2002 of attempted murder and concealing a child and the special allegations of inflicting great bodily injury and torture on her then-husband Gilbert Ortiz.

On March 11, 1991, Fuentes-Ortiz brought her husband, at his Toys R Us workplace, the milk shake laced with Ortho-7 insecticide. She told him it was a protein shake intended to help him build muscle mass. Gilbert Ortiz testified that the drink tasted “like chocolate but sour and burning.”

Ortiz fell to the ground in convulsions, slipped into a 10-day coma and suffered multiple organ failures, a heart attack and was incommunicative. He testified he has residual health problems from the poisoning.

While her husband was comatose, Fuentes-Ortiz gave Redwood City police conflicting stories of from where the poison originated — once she said a masked man tried to kill her husband; another time she claimed it was a suicide attempt.

By the time Ortiz could tell authorities who had given him the questionable shake, Fuentes-Ortiz had fled to Mexico with their 2-year-old son, Jonathan. She was profiled numerous times on the TV show “Unsolved Mysteries” over the eight years it took FBI agents to arrest her in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Jonathan remained missing until Fuentes-Ortiz’s mother brought him to the county jail to visit his imprisoned mother.

Fuentes-Ortiz told the court during the 15-day trial that by poisoning her husband she meant only to incapacitate, not kill him, to escape an abusive marriage that included sexual abuse. Prosecutors countered that the murder attempt was fueled by jealousy and anger over his long work hours.

Man Busted After Trying To Sell Stolen Chick-Fil-A Cow Costumes on Craigslist

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Redlands police recovered two stolen cow costumes as part of an undercover operation. The two 7-foot-tall bovine costumes were stolen in separate thefts from a Redlands Chick-fil-A storage facility earlier this year, according to police spokesman Carl Baker. He said the costumes were valued at $2,800 each.

Last week, an officer spotted one of the costumes for sale on the Craigslist web site and contacted the seller. “When the seller told the officer that he had two for sale for $350 apiece, the officer replied that it would make the perfect his-and-hers costumes for him and his wife,” Baker wrote in an email.

Police met Robert Michael Trytten, 43, of Riverside, on Oct. 30 at a San Bernardino apartment complex in the 2600 block of East Highland Avenue, police said. Baker said Trytten denied stealing the costumes.

He was arrested, charged with possession of stolen property and taken to Central Detention Center in San Bernardino, where he is being held on $275,000 bail, according to online booking records. Trytten is due in court Tuesday.