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Five weirdest food heists of 2012 -- and what would've made them even weirder

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5. Syrup siphoning.

In September the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers reported $30 million worth of missing maple syrup after a routine inventory came up with empty barrels. Canadian cops busted exporter S.K. Export Inc. and seized 600 barrels of the golden goop. The company's owner claimed he'd gotten the syrup from his regular suppliers, and since there is apparently no CSI-style lab testing available for maple syrup, the great syrup caper has not been resolved.

This heist would've been weirder if: The thieves had also ripped off $60 million worth of waffle: Leggo my f*ckin' Eggo, man!

4. Garlic got gone.

In the warmth of June, Austrian police stopped three reeking, overstuffed vans about to cross the border to Hungary and found them crammed with garlic. The cops quickly charged the five Romanian men in the vans with suspicion of receiving stolen goods, then ascertained that the pungent cargo had originated in Spain and was worth $37,500. (I wonder if they parked the vans in the regular impound lot, or ran them through eight professional-grade car washes first, because there ain't no little tree in the universe that will cover up that stank.)

This heist would've been weirder if: The thieves stole all that garlic with the intention of ending the Twilight saga early by murdering all its fans.

3. Deez missing nuts.

In October employees from freight brokerage firm F.C. Bloxom and Co. in Seattle contacted authorities to report that 80,000 pounds of walnuts -- worth $300,000 -- had not reached their intended destination in Miami. This disappearing walnut incident echoed a similar nut loss days earlier, when 40,000 pounds of walnuts left California but didn't make it to their destination in Texas. The police seem to think that the twin nut heists are connected, since both involved a fake delivery driver who managed to jack the nuts and disappear in a white semi truck.

This heist would've been weirder if: The thief/thieves hand painted the semi brown and named it "The Nutwagon" -- then led police on a high speed chase.

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Jenn Wohletz
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