41,000 pounds of cheese missing from Marshfield facility
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — On Jan. 14 a semi-truck loaded with $90,000 worth of parmesan cheese went missing from WOW Logistics, a distribution center in Marshfield. The complainant, said Marshfield Police Department Administrative Lieutenant Darren Larson, is a logistics company called RMX out of Fitchburg.
The cheese was produced in Minnesota and transferred to Marshfield, where it was then meant to be taken to Elgin, Ill. It never arrived. RMX subcontracted with a separate carrier and does not own the missing semi or employ its driver.
“We have more questions than answers, but as we understand it, … the semi-tractor trailer was loaded. It left Marshfield for Elgin. It never arrived at its destination in Elgin, Ill. The vehicle and trailer involved have not been reported stolen or missing to our knowledge. We’re trying to identify the carrier,” Larson said.
Larson said that the incident could be “nothing more than a clerical error” but that what is true is the purchaser has not received the cheese.
He added that the longer it takes to recover the vehicle and the product, the more it would “imply that this was a theft.”
Larson said just under 41,000 pounds of parmesan were loaded into the semi.
“We have some footwork to do, and we’re following some leads,” Larson said. “There’s not extensive leads, but there are some that we need to follow up, and it involves just some good old-fashioned police work.”
A semi-trailer containing $70,000 worth of cheese was also reported to be stolen in Germantown on Friday, Jan. 22.