The Latest in Chocolate Theft!

As much as you love chocolate, have you ever considered chocolate theft?

Never heard of chocolate theft? It's America's fastest growing crime, an epidemic sweeping the nation... well, maybe not. But we're not just talking about shoplifting a chocolate bar here. We're talking about real, serious crime -- or if not serious, at least illegal.

Shoplifting is a crime

In an infamous case, for example, a sentence in April of 2000 saw a 29 year old Texan man sent to jail for sixteen years, all because of chocolate theft. His crime? A shoplifted Snickers bar. No, it's not a joke: this was the actual sentence, and it even seemed to baffle prosecutors. And it gave way to all sorts of jokes about not messing with Texas.

The jury later said that the sentence wasn't so much in reaction to the man's specific crime as to his history of petty misdemeanors of this type. They were sending a message that shoplifting is a crime and that if you do it over and over, you're going to jail.

Easter isn't the only chocolate holiday

The Jewish holiday celebrated around the same time as Easter is, of course, Passover. And it may surprise you to know that in Israel, a famous Passover treat involves matzah -- the traditional Hebrew unleavened (or flat) bread -- covered with a famous chocolate spread from Hashahar Haoleh, the most famous chocolate company in Israel.

In a normal year, thousands of people enjoy this chocolate spread as part of their Passover celebration. But on April 13, 2008, a startling chocolate theft put a dent in the nation's chocolate spread count as ninety-nine tons of the chocolate went missing! Looking for an equivalent experience? Imagine Easter without chocolate bunnies. Hashahar Haoleh struggled to step up their production and meet the chocolate demand.

Hijacked chocolate

In April of 2006 (what is it about April and chocolate theft?), a semi truck went missing carrying $70,000 dollars worth of Hershey's chocolate bars. The driver illegally parked the truck and was making frequent trips to check on it. On his third trip, he found it missing.

These chocolate thieves even had the know-how to disconnect the vehicle's GPS, minimizing the chances of getting caught. But if they really ate $70,000 worth of chocolate bars, there might be other ways to find them!

Theft is theft, and we'd never advocate it. Still, these instances of chocolate theft make you shake your head in wonder at what some people will go through for a heap of chocolate.