Comfort Food Crime Wave Continues: Man Steals Truckload Of Soup

First, the comfort food crime cartels came for the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, stealing more than 10,000 barrels and selling it on the amber market. Next was the Nutella theft: someone lifted more than $20,000 worth of choco-hazelnut spread from a truck in Germany. This week, we learned about a crime against one of the most comforting comfort foods, soup. Over the weekend, two men in Florida drove off with a tractor-trailer that contained $75,000 worth.

“This is the first time the court’s ever seen $75,000 worth of soup stolen,” noted the judge, according to a report by NBC Miami.

Of course, the truck itself is worth several times that amount. Maybe the thieves weren’t even aware that there was soup in there at all. The truck’s owners were probably comforted to know that they had GPS and could track its journey, and highway patrol caught up with and stopped the vehicle.

The driver insists that he was hired only to drive the truck and knows nothing else. Who hired him? The passenger in the truck at the time, a mysterious man named “Pepe,” who fled from police on foot and, according to NBC, remains at large.

Florida man accused of stealing $75,000 worth of soup [NBC News]