Police in Moonachie New Jersey arrested a Paterson NJ man who allegedly committed a burglary and stole imported cheese valued at $160,000.
The suspect allegedly committed the break-in around 11:30 p.m., with company employees noticing the theft the next morning. According to law enforcement, the suspect stole the gourmet cheese products from Grace Kennedy Foods on Moonachie Avenue in Moonachie, New Jersey. The suspect allegedly gained entry into the food distribution facility after hours and stole several pallets of expensive cheese from the storage area.
The stolen cheese is sold as Tastee Cheese, a Jamaican cheese product that reportedly tastes best when eaten with crackers.
The Moonachie Police Department conducted an investigation into theft and initially believed that more than one person was responsible for the break-in and theft. Investigators later determined that just a single individual had committed the cheese theft.
The suspect is an 18-year-old man from Paterson, New Jersey. He faces several criminal charges, including theft of movable property, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and possession of burglary tools.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the correctional facility in lieu of $150,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Big Cheese Caper Cracked with Man Sent to the Can, Prosecutor Says.”