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Brazen bad-guys burglarize bananas!

July 15, 2010

Rocky suffered insomnia last night. While drinking  a warm glass of cold milk, he caught up on the latest trends in criminal behavior:  banana theft. He will mercifully spare his readers the many bad puns which come to mind…

From the Daily Journal of Cumberland County, NJ:

VINELAND — A commercial trailer containing $15,000 worth of Del Monte bananas was stolen from the Vineland Produce Auction. The owner, Daniel Hernandez, told police he parked the loaded refrigerator truck on the North Main Road produce auction lot around midnight Saturday and locked it up, just as he always does. His shipment of 900 cases of bananas was due to leave the block Sunday afternoon.

When Hernandez returned at 11:30 a.m. to check on the temperature of the truck’s cargo, the vehicle was gone, police said in a report released Wednesday. Police followed muddy tire marks from where the trailer was parked that went along North Main Road to Vine Road and turned east before disappearing, police said.

The trailer was a white 1994 Great Dane carrier unit with “Atlantic” on the rear doors and “Carrier” on the front. The total theft, including the value of the truck, is estimated at $25,000.

Police have no suspects.

[Disclosure: Rocky thinks the Police should have no difficulty finding suspects.  Mae West knew the signs of banana theft:  ” Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”  He also notes that the bananas were stolen from a “refrigerator truck.” This is suspicious, as the Chiquita Banana Song specifically warns against keeping bananas in the refrigerator: .]

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  1. masteroftheuniverse
    July 16, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Rocky, My insomnia last night caused me to listen to my son who made me score two RT tickets to HNL, and booked a room, all within 15 minutes. We packed our clothes in 15 minutes, but took 2 hours to pack the boards. Caught the 7AM out to CLT, transferred to a 10.5 hour flight from CLT to HNL. I was smart and booked 1st, otherwise we would have gotten stuck with peanuts and cokes. We’re got food and drinks instead. Now it’s late at night on my own cl9ock, but before dinner here. I’ll probably eat,then might take a dip in the pool before early bed. Major surfing tomottow. Plus, I have to sen da a major post to DS that will interest all if Vic deigns to publish it.
    I’ll post pictures as they come. Jeff

  2. July 17, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Milk and honey is the best insomnia cure……..

  3. allocator
    August 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    My question is – who would steal a $10,000 truck?

    I once actually had a semi-full of cargo stolen. When we had our export business, we had an assembly and repair facility in Toronto. At the time we had a side-contract with an electronics distributor to ship their Canadian Wal-mart returns (all manner of consumer electronics that customers had returned – the volume of all of this was actually quite amazing) back to Florida for them. Then one morning there it was, standing a few blocks away, just the cab, one open trailer-hitch too many. Someone had absconded with the trailer overnight. We were not impressed with the trucking company next door that had finally persuaded us to try their service instead of my tried-and-true go-to guy. (We went back to the go-to guy right away.) These kinds of thefts happen quite frequently actually, a fair amount of it orchestrated by organized crime. Naturally this was never solved, just settled through insurance.

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