Skip to comments.Illinois man arrested in New Jersey with $200K worth of stolen Wisconsin cheese
Posted on 03/28/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
An Illinois man accused of stealing 21 tons of Wisconsin cheese has been arrested in New Jersey.
New Jersey authorities say Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika, 34, from south suburban Plainfield was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
New Jersey State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said Wednesday the man was driving a refrigerated truck carrying 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese. Jones says the cheese company, K&K Cheese in Cashton, Wis., valued the cargo at $200,000.
New Jersey Detective Oliver Sissman tells WISC-TV in Wisconsin that the suspect used false paperwork to obtain the cheese.
Company spokesman Kevin Everhart says K&K can't guarantee the cheese hasn't been tampered with, so it didn't ask for the product back.
Jones says if the cheese passes inspections by health authorities it will be donated to charity.
If we were talking about 21 tons of aged extra sharp cheddar cheese, I might be inclined to say "not guilty."
Cheezits the cops!!!
Wisconsin should be quick about this and get a marketing campaign going on how good their cheese is.
“Eat it like you stole it!”
"No sir, I deliberately have been wasting your time."
A few years back Wisconsin was debating what to put on their license plates. "Eat Cheese or Die" was one of the considerations.
This guy has *alls.
There is no doubt in my mind that he had already “sold” this cheese before he stole it.
He was probably provided funds in order to steal it.
Was he supposedly delivering the Muenster to 1313 Mockingbird Lane?
I agree. But Muenster? Steal something that's marketable.
Mr. Balika cited the overwhelming need to feed his poor Moose.
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
I get cheddar from WI here in MN at a shop in the Mall Of America. Anywhere from 2 years old to 13. Unbelieveable stuff.
Six million pounds of it, worth about $18m wholesale.
Young Roger Clemens?
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