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$160K of cheese stolen in Wisconsin in separate dairy heists

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Roughly $160,000 worth of cheese was stolen in Wisconsin in two recent incidents.

The first incident happened in Marshfield, Wisconsin, about 170 miles east of the Twin Cities, when $90,000 worth of parmesan cheese went missing from a storage facility, WKOW reports.

The second happened Friday morning in Germantown, near Milwaukee, when someone drove off with a semi-trailer filled with $70,000 worth of Wisconsin-made cheese, according to a post from the Germantown Police Department.

The trailer was later found in the Milwaukee area, but it was empty, police note, and now investigators are doing their best to try and recover the stolen cheese.

But even if they do track down the cheese, it can't be eaten, CBS 58 reports, because the trailer of cheese had to be sealed by a food inspector, and the thieves broke the seal when they opened the truck.

Investigators aren't sure if the two cheese heists are linked or what the thieves are doing with the cheese, WTMJ says.

In 2013, roughly $200,000 (about 42,000 pounds) of Wisconsin muenster cheese was stolen from Pasture Pride Cheese in Cashton, the Journal Sentinel reports. Investigators caught of with the suspect, who had apparently planned to sell the cheese for cheap to East Coast retailers, TIME Magazine said.

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