In a bizarre and meticulously planned heist, 24 tons of Lurpak butter were stolen from a facility in Herning, Denmark, leaving local police baffled and in search of answers.
Henning Praestegaard, a police assistant at the local police in Herning, noted the unusual nature of the crime, stating, "It's quite extraordinary in these amounts. We occasionally see a pack of butter stolen from a supermarket, but this is different." he says according to TV Midtvest.
The theft occurred at a cooling terminal on Hedelandsvej in Herning. The stolen goods were discovered missing on Monday morning by Krone Fleet Denmark, who found that a semi-trailer containing 19 butter-filled containers, equivalent to 24 tons of butter, had vanished.
"This isn't something you can do on a whim. One needs to know exactly which semi-trailer contained the butter and how to handle such quantities," Praestegaard elaborated.
The police have determined the time frame of the theft to be between 2:30 am and 8:00 am (local time), based on the cooling system to which the semi-trailer was connected. The semi-trailer was later found empty on Fabriksvej in Oelgod, without any trace of the butter.
Authorities are now seeking witnesses or any information that could aid in solving this slippery case. Praestegaard emphasized the scale of the operation, saying,
"You don't just transport 24 tons of butter in a personal car. Perhaps someone saw a truck, ideally one with a cooling system."
The local police in Herning are hopeful that tips from the public will help shed light on this unusual and audacious crime.