$70K worth of stolen cheese recovered, $90K still missing

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) --- Two Wisconsin police departments are investigating the theft of nearly $160,000 worth of cheese in separate incidents.

A lieutenant from the Marshfield Police Department said their department received the report of nearly $90,000 in missing Parmesan cheese on Jan. 15. The department believes the suspected theft took place in the 24 hours prior to the report. Lt. Darren Larson tells NewsChannel 7 the cheese was to be shipped to a storage facility in Elgin, Ill. But never arrived.

In Germantown, police have recovered about $70,000 in cheese stolen from a trucking company. The Associated Press reports the cheese was found in Milwaukee Friday evening. Surveillance footage allegedly shows thieves hooking up a trailer filled with the cheese to a semi-tractor. Police found the trailer later that day, abandoned with nothing inside.

Both police departments say once the seal is broken on the cheese it is no longer salable.

Wausau native and Wisconsin Mustard Girl, Jennifer Connor, is offering a reward to anyone that can help bring back the missing cheese and capture those responsible. She's offering a year supply of mustards and Wisconsin cheese curds.