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Thieves steal trailer containing 20,000 pounds of cheese in Wisconsin

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Something stinks in southeast Wisconsin: crime ... and cheese, lots of cheese.

CNBC reports that a semi-truck carrying 20,000 pounds of Wisconsin's most famous product was stolen from a parking lot storage area in Oak Creek, near Milwaukee, early Friday morning.

The cheese is worth $46,000, with Wisconsin Cheese Mart's Vince Christian telling the TV station: "The cheese pirates are back at it again."

The Chicago Tribune reports the cheese produced by U.S. Foods was being taken from Green Bay to New York City.

The cheese was stolen when the semi driver unhitched the trailer to run an errand, and returned to find it gone.

It's not the first time someone has carried out a dairy-ing cheese heist in Wisconsin.

This past January, $70,000-worth of cheese was stolen from a semi-trailer near Germantown, FOX News reported.

And a week earlier, $90,000-worth of parmesan was taken from a truck in Marshfield.

Wisconsin is America's biggest cheese state, with nearly 1,200 licensed cheesemakers producing more than 600 types of cheese, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.

Between them they make a quarter of the nation's cheese – more than 3.07 billion pounds.

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