ST. JOHN'S Â â€”Â Police in St. John's say drug abusers trying to pay for their habits has led to a thriving black market for cheese.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says stealing and reselling food from supermarkets and other stores to support addictions is becoming quite common.
Earlier this week, they say a man threatened to stab people with a hypodermic needle in the parking lot of a supermarket.
Staff Sgt. June Layden says he was holding a number of blocks of cheese when police arrested him "Right now we believe it was between 12 and 16 blocks, quite a quantity of cheese," she says.
Patrick Corrigan, 26, is charged with theft and assault in connection with the incident.
Layden says cheese theft is a growing problem in this province â€” and that the people stealing it need quick money to buy drugs like OxyContin.
"From speaking with a number of people yesterday including some employees at some of our larger supermarkets ... they are finding people are coming in and stealing it by blocks," she says. [read more] [via lonita.links.log]
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October 02, 2004
It's All About the Cheese
Posted by snooze at October 2, 2004 05:32 PM
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