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Coffee Thieves Made Off With the Goods

January 22, 1986

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) _ Rising prices for coffee may have prompted the theft here of 25,000 pounds of Maxwell House coffee, officials say.

The coffee and the tractor-trailer truck carrying it were stolen last week from a truck freight terminal in Union Township, near West Chester in southwestern Ohio.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered the truck at an Interstate 70 truck stop but the cargo was gone, Madison County Sheriff Stephen Saltsman said Tuesday.

Investigators said increasing coffee prices may have been the motive.

″I don’t doubt somebody’s being offered coffee for a pretty good price right now,″ Saltsman said.

Authorities did not state a value for the coffee. At regional retail prices of approximately $4.50 per pound, it would have been worth $112,500.