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Man steals US$160,000 worth of Tastee cheese in US, charged

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 9:45 AM
In this undated photo released by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Darluis Ortiz is shown. Authorities said Ortiz has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $160,000 worth of Jamaican cheese.

HACKENSACK, New Jersey (AP):


A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing more than US$160,000 worth of Jamaican cheese.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 18-year-old Darluis Ortiz stole pallets of Tastee Cheese products from a food warehouse in Moonachie on September 23.

Tastee cheese is often eaten with spiced or sweetened buns, especially at Easter. It's produced by Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd.

Ortiz was arrested on Wednesday and was charged with theft, burglary, conspiracy and possessing burglary tools. He was being held in the Bergen County jail on bail that was $10,000 less than the value of the canned, processed cheese.

He couldn't be reached for comment by phone. It was unknown if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Ortiz was arrested after a two-week investigation by members of the Bergen County prosecutor's office and the Moonachie police department.