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Chocolate heist puts German police on the hunt

January 29, 2018

The theft occurred in the southwest German city of Freiburg, close to the French border. Police have no current leads to the perpetrators, nor to the stack of chocolate.

A close-up of cocoa powder and chuncks of chocolate.
Image: Colourbox/Svetlana Lukienko

German police are searching for two, or more, chocolate thieves after a pair of truck trailers packed with 44 tons (48.5 US tons) of chocolate were stolen.

Police put the value of the heist, which occurred Friday night at an industrial park in the southwest city of Freiburg, at €400,000 ($496,000).

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One trailer was recovered Saturday at a rest stop near the German-French border. The driver fled on foot but the chocolate was recovered. The second truck was found in Lahr, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Freiburg, near the French border.

There, too, the driver escaped, as did much of the chocolate. There are conflicting reports as to whether the trailer's entire 22 tons of chocolate were gone or merely two-thirds of it. Either way, police are searching for the thieves and have asked the public particularly any witnesses, for help.

This is the second time in six months that a large stash of chocolate has been stolen in Germany.

A taste of the traditional Black Forest cake

bik/rt (AP, AFP)