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Man Arrested For Trying To Sell 42,000 Pounds of Stolen Cheese at New Jersey Rest Stop

An Illinois man was arrested for allegedly stealing 21 tons of Muenster from a Wisconsin cheese company. He then attempted to sell the 42,000 pounds of cheese at a rest stop off the New Jersey turnpike.

“He was charged with receiving stolen property and fencing,” New Jersey State Police Sergeant Adam Grossman told ABCNews.com.

The cheese was reportedly stolen from Pasture Pride Cheese in Wisconsin. Balika’s disguise and forged paperwork were so good that he fooled the company’s owner, Kevin Everhart. “He came in with the proper paperwork,” Everhart said.

As for the alleged cheese thief Veniamin Balika, he posted bail on Wednesday and was released. If the cheese passes New Jersey health inspections, it could be donated to charity.

Veniamin Balika
Veniamin Balika, ABC News

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