Suspects in cheese thefts remain at large

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No arrests have been made following the discovery of $70,000 worth of stolen cheese.

The Germantown Police Department issued a statement Monday, Jan. 25 on their Facebook page that the cheese product that had been stolen from a Germantown trucking company on Jan. 22 had been recovered.

According to police, a semi trailer was taken during the early morning hours on Jan. 22 from D&G Transportation. The Milwaukee the empty 54-foot-long trailer and the semi-tractor used to steal it were found later that morning in the Milwaukee area thanks to a tip from a GPD Facebook page follower.

Lieutenant Todd Grenier of the Germantown Police Department told reporters that he believed the theft was not 'a one or two person job'. Officials are not providing additional information, saying the investigation remains active.

Law enforcement officials from the Marshfield Police Department confirmed that nearly $90,000 in Parmesan cheese was reported missing on Jan. 15. Suspects allegedly loaded a semi with 40-pound blocks of Parmesan cheese at WOW Logistics on Laemle Avenue in Marshfield, police told the Marshfield News Herald.

The cheese was to be shipped to a storage facility in Elgin, IL, but it never arrived.

In 2013 about 42,000 pounds of Wisconsin Muenster cheese manufactured by K & K / Old Country Cheese Factory and worth about $200,000 was stolen from Pasture Pride Cheese in Cashton.

In that case Veniamin Balika, 34, of Plainfield, IL, was caught driving a 18-wheeler at the Vince Lombardi Service Area off the New Jersey State Turnpike.

Balika allegedly used false paperwork to trick a distributor in Cashton, WI, into loading his truck with the massive cheese shipment, originally intended for a Texas destination, according to a Time magazine article.