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



Texting While Driving Caused Crash That Killed Prize-Winning Jersey Cow


Madison police cited a 26-year-old woman for inattentive driving Saturday night after she allegedly caused a crash which resulted in the death of a prize-winning cow returning from the World Dairy Expo.

In a news release, Sgt. Paul Jacobsen laid the blame for the crash on the woman’s decision to read a text message while driving. With her attention diverted, the driver swerved left into a cattle trailer in the next lane, causing the trailer to crash into a ditch and overturn. The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of the Beltline just east of exit 267B to Interstate 39-90 at around 9:45 p.m., according to police.

Inside the trailer were eight prize-winning Jersey cows from the Dairy Expo valued at around $500,000, said Lt. Stephanie Bradley Wilson. One cow died in the crash. The others were led safely from the overturned trailer by other Expo-goers who saw the crash and stopped to help, Jacobsen said.

The condition of the other cows was not clear, although two of them may have been pregnant and taken for veterinary care, Bradley Wilson said. The surviving cows were all taken away in other trailers called in to help. Neither driver was injured.

The driver who allegedly caused the crash was identified by Madison police on Monday morning as Katherine De Felice of McFarland. The truck driver was a 45-year-old man from Hastings, Minn.; it isn’t known if the truck driver owned the cattle, police said.

Truck Filled With $40,000 Worth of Cheesecake Stolen in Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Authorities are looking for whoever stole a refrigerated truck and more than $40,000 worth of cheesecake in Orlando.

Police say the truck’s owner had parked the semitrailer trailer Saturday afternoon near Orlando International Airport.

The victim told officers that he left the refrigerated trailer running, but the truck was turned off. When he returned the next day, the semi, valued at $50,000, and the trailer, valued at $120,000, were both missing.

Police are still investigating the theft.

Those Baffling Canadians: Police Puzzled by $170,000 Vancouver Butter Theft

Organic_Butter_HeartVANCOUVER — A theft of a semi-trailer carrying $170,000 worth of butter has Vancouver and Delta police baffled.

The semi-trailer truck was found in the 8200-block of River Road in Delta, near an industrial park. It had been emptied of its contents. The truck was stolen Monday around 9 a.m. from the 300-block of Southeast Marine Drive in Vancouver.

“Semi-trailers do go missing on a regular basis, but butter’s not a typical product that’s stolen,” said Const. Paul Eisenzimmer of the Delta Police Department. “The average corner store that might be interested in buying stolen cigarettes wouldn’t likely be interested in butter. Getting rid of $170,000 worth of butter would be pretty hard.”

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.