Hot Potato

Food and drink is now the leading form of cargo theft.

In November, a thief posing as a legitimate trucker picked up (and subsequently made off with) a trailer in Pennsylvania loaded with $110,000 worth of ground beef bound for a meatpacking plant in Milwaukee. With high food prices, such heists account for a major chunk of so-called “cargo thefts” across the country. In the first nine months of 2015, “food and drink” made up 23 percent of the 522 thefts reported of or from semi-trailers, according to FreightWatch International.

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‘Hot Potato’ appears in the February 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.