Police: Wisc. cheese heist part of organized crime

Police believe cheese that was stolen in Wisconsin is part of an organized crime operation.

MARSHFIELD, Wisc. (WBAY) – Marshfield Police believe the theft of thousands of pounds of cheese from a facility in the city is part of an organized criminal operation.

Grand Chute police recovered some of the $160,000 worth of cheese stolen in two heists earlier this month.

Grand Chute officers released these photos Friday:


Marshfield Police say they received a tip Thursday morning that the stolen Le Sueur Parmesan cheese was being stored at a facility in Grand Chute.

The Grand Chute Police Department recovered the entire shipment of 41,000 pounds of Parmesan cheese, worth $90,000.

The cheese was stolen from WOW Logistics in Marshfield on January 15. The company learned of the theft when the shipment didn’t arrive at its destination in Illinois.

Police aren’t releasing any more details.

In another theft, a trailer containing $70,000 worth of cheddar and other cheese produced in Germantown was stolen from D&G Transportation on January 22. Germantown police announced earlier this week the cheese was recovered in Milwaukee at two separate locations.

Police haven’t said if they think the cheese heists are connected.

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