A Florida man stands accused of stealing a tractor trailer containing $75,000 worth of soup.
Police arrested Eusebio Diaz Acosta early Sunday morning on Florida’s Turnpike. Authorities explained that they were able to track the suspect downing using GPS.
The 51-year-old man was charged with grand theft of cargo worth $50,000 or more and grand theft of a motor vehicle following his arrest. The passenger who was with Acosta at the time reportedly ran off after the vehicle was pulled over.
The Florida Highway Patrol received a call that a tractor trailer containing $75,000 worth of soup had been stolen from Lessor, Inc. in Polk County. Police were able to locate the truck with the assistance of GPS.
Acosta explained that he was paid by the passenger, Pepe, to drive the truck. He added that the other man didn’t tell him the truck was stolen.
Although police attempted to arrest Pepe after the truck was pulled over, he managed to leap over a concrete barrier wall and escaped. The man has yet to be located as of this writing.
Unless police locate and arrest the passenger, it would seem that Acosta is going to take all of the blame for stealing $75,000 worth of soup. When the food’s estimated value is combined with the cost of the truck, the total amount stolen sits at around $350,000.
“This is the first time the court’s ever seen $75,000 worth of soup stolen,” Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley explained. He added that this particular case was “very unusual.”
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time someone in Florida has been accused of stealing soup. Although his attempt was much smaller in scale, 46-year-old Anthony Edward Cipollaro was arrested after breaking into an apartment and stealing two cans of soup. He reportedly urinated on the walls and trashed the patio in the process.
An investigation into the $75,000 worth of stolen soup is currently ongoing. Florida police are still on the lookout for his alleged accomplice.