Cops Nab Thieves —With 9.5 Tons of Garlic

Romania stash worth an estimated $37.5K
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2012 8:26 AM CDT
Police found about 9.5 tons of stolen garlic in three vans attempting to cross into Hungary today.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It's a heist that didn't exactly require sniffing dogs: Austrian police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria today and found them packed to the roof with allegedly stolen garlic—about 9.5 tons of the pungent cargo. After questioning the five men—all Romanian nationals—in the vehicles they charged them on suspicion of receiving stolen goods.

Police say the garlic apparently came from Spain and estimate its value at $37,500. The Austrian Press Agency cites one officer as saying it was clear what the vans were carrying even before their doors were opened. "All three vehicles really stunk like garlic," he says. (Read more garlic stories.)

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