Sophisticated Thieves Hijack Tomatoes, Cucumbers in Florida

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Hot on the tail of my "Comida Critic" article yesterday about tomato dishes, The New York Times today tells a fascinating, disturbing tale that further shows we're in the midst of something worse than the Great Recession: Thieves are targeting cargo trucks loaded with the juicy orbs because the price of tomatoes is so damn high.

"Late last month, a gang of thieves stole six tractor-trailer loads of tomatoes and a truck full of cucumbers from Florida growers," writes William Neuman in his tight, well-written piece. "They also stole a truckload of frozen meat. The total value of the illegal haul: about $300,000."

Some of those contraband tomatoes are apparently heading for California, so let the buyer beware ... and why are the prices so high? Because the United States nowadays depends on Mexico to grow its winter crop of tomatoes. Buy with the seasons, people.

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GCHAVEZ
GCHAVEZ

CLEARLY RACIST! NO NEED TO SAY RACE TO MAKE THAT A RACIST INSPIRED COMMENT, COME ON PEOPLE STOP DENYING RACISM EXISTS!!!!!

Parley Baer
Parley Baer

Valuable cargo attracts thieves? James Taranto would call that "News of the Tautological" in his Wall St. Journal columns. Maybe I'll send your post to him and point out that your readership, unlike the NY Times business pages, probably doesn't include people who invest in the trucking or produce industries.

Incidentally, why would the thieves carry coals to Newcastle? New York, Chicago, Cleveland, etc., all need tomatoes far more than California this time of year and, being much closer to Florida, wouldn't require so many encounters with highway inspectors (or that ag stop coming into California). Answer: You misread the story. Some of the cargo was originally headed out here. Who knows where it was redirected to?

"[T]he United States nowadays depends on Mexico to grow its winter crop of tomatoes. Buy with the seasons, people." Why are you so interested in putting Mexican farmers and their workers out of business?

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Arthur Comarthur
Arthur Comarthur

Some of those contraband tomatoes are apparently heading for California...-----------------------------------------------------------------Maybe all these Dream Act students can sell them by the freeway off-ramp.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

And we got the first non-sequitor racist of the post, folks! But what else would you expect from a John & Ken fan?

Juarez, my azz
Juarez, my azz

Wow, you waited a whole 7 words before calling the poster a racist. Thats some restraint, amigo. What tipped you off to their racism? There was no mention of race in the post, but you, crafty periodista, you picked it out.

Arthur Comarthur
Arthur Comarthur

I'm just trying to help out the Dreamers by suggesting a job they can get since they can't get a real one and I get called a racist? Why are you so full of hate?

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