Crates and pallets used to transport soda bottles and milk are apparently popular with some thieves, but the legal authorities in Maryland are on the case. According to several reports today that are very likely to be picked up in other news media, Prince Georges County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey and representatives from a Coca-Cola bottler and a Baltimore bakery today announced the indictment of five people suspected of stealing the containers from retail and industrial businesses. Allegations of milk crate banditry aren't new -- I had a similar blog post back in 2007. Just like the last time, the authorities in Maryland say the alleged thieves were selling the pallets and containers to overseas recyclers, who grind them and use the plastic to make new products. The authorities claim that nearly $10 million in losses from plastic pallet theft have occurred in Maryland in the past year. Really? $10 million in stolen plastic pallets? Sold to apparently unsavory overseas recyclers? This just sounds too much like a bad script for "CSI New York."
Md. battles milk crate bandits
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