My fellow Australians, this went out on American wire services yesterday. I stumbled across it again and again.
Thieves Steal 17 Tons of Christmas Ham
Dec 2nd, 2007 | SYDNEY, Australia — Thieves stole 17.6 tons of ham and bacon from a warehouse and left behind a message busting the owners’ chops, police said Monday.
“Thanks,” the crooks daubed on a wall of the Zammit Hand and Bacon curers warehouse in suburban Sydney. “Merry Christmas.”
Police said the robbery occurred some time between late afternoon Saturday and dawn Sunday.
Owner Anthony Zammit said that when he arrived for work Monday he found a hole in a wall of the building where the thieves appeared to have entered. The stolen meat was worth up to $88,000, he said.
This is how we get noticed by the world, people; strange, Ripley’s-Believe-It-Or-Not style crime stories.
Incidentally the small goods are said to have a street value of over a million dollars when cut with polony or devon. Police are confident of finding the criminals responsible and will charge them with bacon and entering.