Gentleman in Illinois accused of stealing 21 tons of Wisconsin Muenster cheese

Muenster cheese is not a crime. Image: Wikipedia

Veniamin Balika, 34, of Plainfield, IL, was arrested in New Jersey after cops caught him driving a refrigerated truck carrying 42,000 pounds of stolen Muenster cheese.

It was definitely nacho average crime. The cheesy hot goods were produced by K&K Cheese of Cashton, WI with milk from Amish dairies. They were valued at valued at $200,000, which is a whole lot of cheddar.

A portion of the contraband queso-cargo is shown here. The suspect is said to have faked paperwork to move the cheese.

From a local TV news report:

New Jersey authorities say Balika was preparing to sell the cheese for well under market value to retailers on the east coast.

"There's a black market for everything," said [Jersey State Police Detective 1 Oliver] Sissman. "We've seen everything stolen. We've found stolen beer, stolen food, stolen machine parts, but this is the first time, we've found stolen cheese. "When I looked inside and saw stolen cheese, I thought, of course it's from Wisconsin," said Sissman.

Thanks to the gouda work of New Jersey's finest, the public can rest easy knowing the criminal will be brie-hind bars. He'll have to tread very Caerphilly in the future.

A news report is below:

( via Washington Post HT for the extra puns, @CounterfeitGent @stoppableforce


  1. Once again, proving that no Gouda will come to those who break the law.

    * phone rings*

    ” Hello? Yes, this is Mike. Oh. I understand. Thanks.”

    So it looks like I just forfeited all posting privileges for a month. Sorry folks.

        1. ok, ok.  Just remember, in the terminating words of Adrahan Bachensteiner – “Colby-Jack”.

  2. Good thing they caught them or the next story would’ve been about a massive nacho chip and salsa robbery.

  3. Didn’t BB have a recent thread about the number one shoplifted item in grocery stores being cheese?

    People are strange.

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