MANTECA (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 are asking residents to be on the lookout for a stolen milk float [delivery van] following the theft of two of the vehicles in the Selston area.
The first, a Mercedes Vito van, registration BF56 PXC, was stolen from Nottingham Road in Selston at 5.38pm on Wednesday 15th January 2014. It was last seen heading towards Tibshelf.
The second float, a Ford Transit, registration LT61 YLB, was stolen from Fackley Road, Teversal, just after 7am on Thursday 23rd January 2014. It was last seen going towards Underwood near Selston but was later found.
Police are urging people to be vigilant and call if they notice anything suspicious. Anyone with any information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101.
Border officers at the Lukeville crossing made a big bust this week, taking down a smuggler in a “queso” cheese trafficking. During questioning, the van’s driver ‘fessed up to carrying a load — some five keys [kilos] of cheese.
Instead of 11 pounds, however, border agriculture inspectors uncovered about 223 pounds of cheese hidden throughout the van, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“The concealed, unpasteurized ruminant cheese was seized for not meeting import requirements” the release says. The news release did not provide a value estimate for the cheese. The unidentified man was cut loose with a fine.