ABC NEWS: Our streets are safe again. America's biggest CHEESE HEIST of the year has been solved.
Earlier this week, 34-year-old Veniamin Balika of Plainfield, Illinois decided to steal a lifetime supply of cheese. We're not sure what he was going to do with it, because he clearly did NOT have a buyer waiting.
But he forged some paperwork, went to K&K Cheese in Cashton, Wisconsin, and drove off with a truck containing 42,000 POUNDS of MUENSTER CHEESE. That cheese has a street value around $200,000.
Then he started transporting the cheese across state lines. He was finally busted in Bergen County, New Jersey on Monday . . . trying to sell the cheese at a REST STOP off the turnpike.
There's no word on how much he was trying to get for the cheese . . . just that he wanted to unload all 1,135 cases.
He was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property and fencing.