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Published:February 25th, 2009 21:28 EST
Thief With A Penchant For Balsamic Vinegar

Thief With A Penchant For Balsamic Vinegar

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A sign hangs amid the bottles of vinegar at Newport Avenue Market. It`s simple, to the point: "Thanks to the Balsamic Vinegar Thief this area is now under surveillance. We will get you." The last sentence, it should be noted, is underlined. For about a year, a thief pinched bottle after bottle of balsamic vinegar from the store - and not the low-end stuff.

No, this thief was after bottles that go for $30 or $40 a pop. "Thieves with good taste." That`s how owner Rudy Dory explains them." The Associated Press

This article leaves me shaking my head, who would steal bottle after bottle of balsamic vinegar for about a year? I wouldn`t be surprised if a thief with a gourmet palate stole a couple of bottles of the expensive vinegar, but who needs more than 20 bottles of the stuff in a year?

Is there an underground market for gourmet items that I`m unaware of? Is there a guy in the parking lot of an upscale shopping center selling balsamic vinegar and cans of caviar from the trunk of his car?

Thieves usually steal items that are easy to sell, how are you going to unload bottles of balsamic vinegar? Most people haven`t even heard of the pricey vinegar.

Damn the Balsamic Vinegar thief to hell, thanks to him we have one more surveillance camera. I hope he`s caught and sentenced to jail, he`ll have to learn how to make do without balsamic vinegar while he`s behind bars.