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



University of Vermont Employee Embezzled Over $185,000 from College’s Cheese Making Program


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former University of Vermont employee who pleaded guilty to embezzling at least $185,000 from the college’s cheese making program is going to prison for 13 months.

Jody Farnham of Burlington was sentenced Monday in federal court in Rutland. She had pleaded guilty to charges she cashed tuition checks for her own use that were earmarked for the college’s Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, where she was an administrator.

Federal prosecutors say she also used UVM credit cards for personal purchases. The cheese institute closed in May 2013 after years of operating losses.

Farnham’s lawyer declined to comment. She was ordered to report to prison next month.

Woman Arrested After Stealing Bible and Cheese From Wal-Mart


Thou shalt not steal.

A South Carolina woman has been arrested after she stole a bible and cheese from a Walmart.

Frances Thomas put the Good Book in her purse while shopping inside the store in Spartanburg. Light-fingered Thomas also stole some socks.

Thomas was stopped by store detectives after leaving the store and booked into the county jail.

The Bible was recovered and “are resellable,” said police.

Cheese Dip Fight Lands Man in Madison County Jail


A Commerce man was taken into custody last week after he and his wife got into a fight over cheese dip. The man was charged with one count of battery FVA.

According to the incident report, the man’s wife told officer Chad Parr that the two had had a physical altercation but that it was “nothing major.” Parr noted that she had red marks around her neck and on her face, but she denied that the man choked her; however she did say that he wrapped his legs around her waist and would not let go of her.

The man told Parr they were arguing over cheese dip and it got out of hand.  The man said his wife came up and pushed him on the shoulder trying to get him to go to the bedroom and talk to her.

According to the man, she continued to try to fight with him and he grabbed her and held her on the ground. The man was then placed under arrest for battery as well as a probation violation out of Cobb County.

Cheesemakers Arrested for Using Cow’s Milk Instead of Buffalo’s Milk

Police in Italy have shut down a mozzarella factory and arrested 13 people after finding that prized local buffalo milk was being cut with cheaper imported cow milk.

Authorities also found that the cheese, produced near the southern town of Caserta, contained as much as 20 times permissible levels of bacteria, said Carabinieri Police Maj. Alfonso Pannone. Police on Monday also shut down seven stores selling the cheese in the Campania region which includes Naples.

Milky white buffalo mozzarella is prized by Italians and tourists. It carries a special label supposed to guarantee quality and protect its reputation.

Among those arrested were two public health service veterinarians who allegedly tipped the factory to upcoming inspections. The probe began after a worker lost some of his fingers because of safety flaws.

Cocaine Sandwich: Police Arrest Man for Smuggling Drug in Ham and Cheese Toastie

cocaine sandwich Spanish police have arrested a man for allegedly attempting to conceal more than 100g of cocaine in a ham and melted cheese sandwich in Benidorm.

Spanish police posted a picture of the sandwich on their official Twitter page, where nine small pouches of cocaine can be seen sitting on top of melted cheese and ham.

The 29-year-old Colombian man was reportedly arrested at a bus stop at the popular tourist town, ITN has reported, suspected of drugs smuggling. Officers searching the man’s home also found more than a kilo of the drug there, as well as marijuana.

A second 20-year-old man, who is understood to have been a room-mate, was also arrested in connection with the incident.


Chicago Man Arrested for Stealing “Not-Yo'” Cheese


What do you call cheese that’s not yours? Stolen.

Michael Richards learned that punch line Saturday after, authorities said, he scuffled with a 7-Eleven cashier on Chicago’s Near West Side who tried to stop him from helping himself to the nacho fixings.

Richards, 50, of Chicago, bought a bag of chips from the store, then began pumping hot cheese from the toppings bar into the open bag, authorities said. But the cashier warned him that the nacho toppings bar is for use only by customers who purchase tortilla chips served in a traditional plastic tray, according to court records.

Richards continued to add zest to his chips as he threatened the cashier, authorities said. When the cashier tried to stop him, he grabbed and twisted her arm, then fled, according to court records.

The cashier called police, and Richards was arrested about two blocks away. On Sunday, after spending the night in jail, Richards stood before Cook County Judge James Brown in bond court, facing felony charges.

“So what was stolen was … the cheese?” the judge asked, casting a quizzical gaze at Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Piwowarczyk.

“The defendant was informed that it was ‘not yo’ cheese,'” the prosecutor deadpanned.

Brown set Richards’ bond at $10,000.