Food Freedom or Fight
26 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Wooster, Ohio ~~ At 3:00 AM the morning of February 22, a knock at the door of James Malone’s mobile home, 318 Bardon St, Wooster, Ohio, by Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies ended the all-points search for over $20,000 in stolen all natural beef product — referred to by Ohio law enforcement authorities as “Operation Where’s the Beef.”
Between 11:00 PM Wednesday, February 19, and 3:00 AM the following morning, trucks quietly entered the loading area of Canaan Meats Ltd, 11970 Canaan Center Rd, Creston, Ohio. Their huge freezer storage building was “broken and entered” and fresh-frozen, vacuwrapped meat product was removed in 50 lb boxes of nearly three tons of grill ready steaks and grind.
Ryan Lilly, an owner of Canaan Meats reported the theft to Wayne County Sheriff department officers Bergy, Brumme and Hunter. Captain Hunter placed an all points alert on Face Book including a photo of the white meat box, which read –
The following is from the Wayne County Sheriff’s official report:
Within 15 minutes of this information being posted we received information pertaining to the suspects.
Canaan Meats is a custom meat processing plant, inspected by Ohio Dept. Of Agriculture. High profile product is professionally processed and temporarily stored, and frozen, for multiple clients. Longhorns Head To Tail Store, of Barnesville, Ohio is a major client and had several tons of fresh product in storage at Canaan. Although several other clients had product stolen, the Longhorns Head to Tail inventory alone was valued at $9,015.08.
Owner Ryan Lilly said, “Marketing of stolen beef with the Longhorn Head To Tail label on every package was not like robbing a bank. Every one pound package was a marked item with the weight, name of the beef cut and address of the processor. It is not like laundering unmarked stolen goods.”
Longhorn Head to Tail Store owner, Darol Dickinson reports that all the recovered product will be disposed of, “Some seals have been broken, meat has been thawed and sanitary conditions have been compromised. The clear plastic wrapped beef is also being retained today by authorities because the suspects finger prints are on nearly every package.”
Stolen product inventory included Texas Longhorn beef jerky, summer sausage, hundreds of pounds of lean grind, halves of freezer beef, quarters and assortments of primal cuts of choice grill steaks.
Anyone with information on purchasers of large amounts of beef packaged in boxes labeled “Longhorns Head to Tail,” with information about this crime, please contact Wayne County Sheriff’s office at 330 287 5750.
Thanks to the fast action of Wayne County Sheriff’s staff, within an hour of an all points alert on Face Book, suspects were arrested with part of two truck loads of unsold evidence — grill ready — nearly.