$43,000 Worth of Comté Cheese Stolen in Fromage Heist

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Tragic news out of France last week: Thieves stole more than 8,000 pounds of Comté cheese from the Goux-les-Usiers region of France where Comté is produced.

What’s puzzling about the crime, in addition to the fact that the burglars left virtually no trace, is the choice to steal cheese to begin with.

Most large-scale food thefts involve alcohol — wine and whisky are always hot commodities. The authorities suspect that because of the scale of the heist, most of the cheese will end up being sold to restaurants outside of France.

As Eater points out, you have to wonder whether the wine thieves and cheese thieves will end up combining forces for a black-market dinner party.