The most notorious cheese heists of all time

Like fine wines and rare whiskeys, parmesan wheels only increase in value as they age, making them desirable targets for thieves and gangs. According to Time magazine, cheese is the most stolen food on earth.

Parmigiano Reggiano theft

It wasn’t in one huge heist but amounted to 2,039 wheels of parmesan stolen over the course of a couple of years by the 11 gang members.

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Amsterdam cheese robbery

In June 2022 in the Netherlands, armed thieves broke into a dairy farm near the town of Fijnaart, about 90 minutes south of Amsterdam, and made off with 3,550 pounds (1,610 kg) of cheese worth a cool $23,000.

Wisconsin cheese store shoplift attempt

A gang of thieves in Wisconsin weren’t so lucky when they stole 70,000 pounds (31,751 kg) of cheese from a cheese store in Germantown.

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Comté larceny

Also in 2016, over in the Comté-making town of Goux-les-Usiers in eastern France, thieves made off with 100 wheels of the valuable local specialty cheese from a dairy farm.


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