Man charged with stealing $75,000 worth of soup
Hot on the heels of the Nutella heist comes the great soup robbery.
Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:55 PM
While we’re still wondering what exactly the thieves who stole 5 metric tons of Nutella over the weekend are planning to do with it, another weekend food heist has been uncovered in Florida.
An Orlando man, Eusebio Diaz Acosta, 51, has been charged with grand theft of cargo worth $50,000 or more and grand theft of a motor vehicle after he was arrested on Sunday with a tractor trailer containing $75,000 worth of pilfered Campbell's soup, authorities said.
Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley called the facts “very unusual.”
“The court has seen many things stolen," Hurley said. "This is the first time the court’s ever seen $75,000 worth of soup stolen."
The tractor trailer owned by Lessors Inc in Egan, Minnesota, was reported stolen from a Polk County truck stop Sunday evening. It had a total value of $350,000, including the soup. The Florida Highway Patrol said that it received a report of a stolen tractor trailer hauling the hot goods, which was being tracked by GPS.
When police pulled the vehicle over, a passenger escaped, leaving the driver, Diaz Acosta, alone to take the heat. He told authorities that he had just recently met the passenger, who had paid him to drive the truck, and that he knew nothing else.
Diaz Acosta has been convicted of theft twice before, Hurley said; bail was set at $25,000.
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