With the price of protein (meat, eggs, whey and pea isolates) going through the roof in recent months, thievery has had a recent uptick as well. And it seems the same strategy, if not the same band of thieves, has hit yet another meat packing plant.
Time for some crime scene investigation…
McCain Foods hit by beef cut rustlers; another three trailer loads…
In what seems to be a growing pattern, three trailer loads of ready-to-sell meat cuts were stolen from the McCain Foods trailer lot in Grand Island, Nebraska on Friday, September 16. Captain Jim Duering of the Grand Island Police told WOWT News that two trailers were reported stolen from the facility on the 200 block of Roberts Street.
A report of a third stolen trailer was reported on Sunday, September 18, but investigators believe the trailer was actually stolen as part of the theft on Friday, but not discovered until Sunday.
This facility had already been a victim of theft back in June when, you guessed, three trailer loads of beef were also taken. The value of the trailers range from $200,000 to over $1 million, depending on the cuts loaded.
Where have I heard this before?
BTU wrote an article about this a few weeks back. Remember the three trailer loads of pork stolen from JBS Foods in Ottumwa, Iowa. Ottumwa is about six hours away from Grand Island, due east on US Highway 34.
In addition to this crime, another JBS Foods meat packing plant was also robbed back in May. This plant was located in Omaha, Nebraska, also along the US-34 corridor. But unlike the other thefts, only one 40,000 pound trailer load was stolen. Maybe a test run…
It seems as if we have a modern-day cattle-rustling ring going, but this time it is cut beef being stolen, not live cattle.
This is a developing story and BTU will work to keep you informed. We have reached out to area law enforcement for comment.