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The Case of the Disappearing Nutella Truck

German police are looking out for more than $80,000 of sweet contraband.

Somehow this is considered breakfast rather than dessert.
Somehow this is considered breakfast rather than dessert. MissMessie/CC BY-SA 2.0

In Neustadt, Germany—in the western part of the country, not far from the French border—a truck with 20 tons of chocolate, including a lot of Nutella (primarily sugar and palm oil), went missing last weekend. It was probably stolen, according to the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The problem for the thieves behind such a caper is how one goes about profiting from such a haul. Fence it all as quickly as possible for cents on the euro? Feed it into Europe’s chocolate black market? Set up a stand on the corner?

“Anyone offered large quantities (of chocolate) via unconventional channels should report it to the police immediately,” German authorities said in a statement, which begs the question of how often large amounts of chocolate pass through unconventional channels.

Police said the stolen truck, which was also carrying Kinder Eggs and other chocolates, contained $82,000 worth of goods, and could’ve been towed away by a bigger truck. They also suspect the crime is connected to an earlier theft of an empty truck.

Have you been offered a large amount of chocolate through unconventional channels recently? If you see something, say something.

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