Thieves in the US state of Florida have stolen a trailer filled with $85,000 worth of mozzarella cheese, meant for a popular pizza chain.
The multiple tonnes of shredded mozzarella, enough cheese for tens of thousands of pizza pies, was reported stolen on Sunday from a parking lot near Summerfield, Florida.
The cheese was bound for the Hungry Howies Pizza distribution center in Lakeland.
The refrigerated tractor, packed with the cheese, was left at Hubbard's Truck Parking. The driver of the rig left the trailer at the parking lot on Saturday evening while he had the hauler checked by a mechanic, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office reports.
The driver was traveling with his girlfriend, both of whom are from the Michigan area, which is where the pizza chain has its headquarters, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.
The woman drove by the parking lot to check on the trailer on Sunday and noticed it was missing, reports state.
Officers investigating the missing trailer learned that a 2007 $130,000 Kenworth hauler had also been reported stolen from the same lot and presumably was used to take the trailer.
The trailer stolen is valued at an estimated $62,000, according to reports.