The heists of all heists went down in Canada recently, and it was not your garden-variety robbery. One or more brazen criminal masterminds were able to pull off the theft of seven hot tubs and $230,000 in meat – in less than one week. That’s gonna be one hell of a party.
On the morning of August 30, a burgundy-colored semi-trailer with a large bunk that was hauling a white, refrigerated trailer showed up at the JBS meatpacking plant near Brooks, Alberta. The driver told the meatpacking workers that he was subcontracted to pick up a load of meat. The driver told the employees that he was with the trucking company named Transport Pascal Charland out of Chateauguay, Quebec. After showing documents, JBS employees loaded up his trailer with $230,000 worth of beef.
One itsy-bitsy problem: There is no such company named “Transport Pascal Charland.” The beef thief presented fraudulent documents and stole $230K worth of meat.
On the morning of September 2, a white-colored semi-trailer showed up at the Arctic Spas manufacturing building in Thorsby, Alberta. The driver told the Arctic Spa workers that he was subcontracted to pick up a load of hot tubs. The driver told the employees that he was with the trucking company named Transport Pascal Charland out of Chateauguay, Quebec. After showing documents, Arctic Spas employees loaded up his trailer with seven hot tubs.
One itsy-bitsy problem: There still was no such company named “Transport Pascal Charland.” The driver presented fraudulent documents and stole seven hot tubs.
Not surprisingly, the load of beef did not make it to its intended delivery site in the United States, and neither did the hot tubs.
How the other members who organized the hot tub and meat heist must have reacted when they heard it was successful.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police believe the two heists are related. Both semi-trucks are registered under the same fake name, according to the RCMP. There are unconfirmed rumors that the fake name was Frank Galikanokus, but that has not been verified by local police.
“There’s definitely some similarities,” Cpl. Robert Harms said on Monday, according to Global News. Hopefully, law enforcement starts monitoring eBay for anyone selling seven hot tubs as well as massive quantities of meat.
Someone stole $230,000 worth of beef, AND IT APPEARS TO BE OUR HOT TUB BANDIT pic.twitter.com/qibu0Ypytu
— Jana G. Pruden (@jana_pruden) September 14, 2020
Is this an elaborate scheme to have the largest sous vide setup in the world? Or is this a new episode of Trailer Park Boys? We may never know.
The police are asking for the public to help track down the beef thief, and that anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477(TIPS) or online.
No word on whether authorities are considering known meat and hot tub enthusiasts, Roger and Virginia Klarvin, as possible suspects.