A half-million dollars worth of chocolate, liquor, auto parts and concrete garden fountains don’t just fall off a truck.
But this morning about 9:45 a.m., Chicago police and other investigators served a warrant at a Brighton Park neighborhood warehouse in the 2600 block of West 35th Street where about $500,000 in such stolen merchandise—and several stolen trucks and a stolen van—were hidden, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
Police are still searching for those responsible for the thefts, but have been able to determine the goods found at the warehouse were stolen.
At the warehouse, organized crime and gang investigations officers, along with Illinois State Police and members of a three-county theft task force found 52 pallets of Ghirardelli chocolate. Investigators also found numerous pallets of alcohol, including beer, rum, vodka and wine, worth about $175,000, belonging to the Wirtz Beverage Group, he said.
Among the other items found were a pallet of BMW auto parts, and two pallets of concrete water fountains, Mirabelli said.
Investigators, who are still seeking those responsible for the thefts, believe that the items were stolen and intended to be fenced. The investigation is continuing.