Cargo thieves in Nebraska stole a truck and trailer loaded with meat out of York.
The York Police Department (YPD) reported the latest in a string of large-scale meat thefts in the state of Nebraska.
According a news release from YPD, on Saturday, September 17 between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., suspects stole a semi truck and Great Dane refrigerated trailer loaded with 37,000 pounds of meat products from the 3500 block of South Lincoln Avenue in York.
Police were able to determine that the suspects offloaded the meat into another trailer at the Waco Exit off I-80.
Both the truck and trailer were later recovered.
Anyone with information is asked to call York County Crime Stoppers at 402-362-2999.
Police are investigating whether the York meat theft could be connected to similar incidents in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Police in Grand Island reported a similar meat cargo theft believed to have occurred on Friday, September 16. Three trailers loaded with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of meat products were stolen from a facility at 203 Roberts St E. in Grand Island. So far, neither the meat or the trailers have been recovered.
A similar incident that happened in Grand Island at some time between June 24 and June 26 when two stolen semi trucks were used to steal three semi trailers loaded with meat. Both trucks and two of the trailers were recovered by the Nebraska State Patrol outside of Grand Island city limits. The recovered trailers were empty. The trailer that is still missing is believed to have contained about $232,666 worth of beef from the JBS Beef plant.
“I think they went around to look for reefer units that were running. The fact that they were all loaded with beef may imply that they had done some level of surveillance,” Grand Island Police Captain Jim Duering told 1011Now following the June incident.
“It does not look like it was possible for a single person to conduct these thefts. Most likely it was a minimum of two people or more and then on top of that we have a similar thefts of meat products in other areas such as Colfax County and Omaha over the past several weeks that are probably related,” Duering said of the June meat thefts.