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Tonnes of nicked Nutella gives cops bellyache

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Tonnes of nicked Nutella gives cops bellyache
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12:50 CEST+02:00
Millions of Germans are famously fond of the chocolate spread Nutella - but police said it was probably professional thieves rather than a desperate dieter who stole five tonnes of the breakfast staple at the weekend.

Seven pallets loaded with jars of Nutella were stolen from a truck trailer parked in a disused railway station in Niederaula north of Fulda in central Germany some time between Friday afternoon and Sunday night.

Just two weeks ago thieves emptied a trailer full of coffee worth €30,000 in the same town.

When asked whether someone might be stealing the ingredients for an enormous breakfast, Hessian police spokesman Manfred Knoch told The Local: "That's what it looks like."

Fielding what was certainly not the first or the last call on the matter, he soberly pointed to the fact that thieves had also been targeting other foodstuffs.

The energy drink Red Bull appeared to be the first item on their shopping list, with several tonnes of that being stolen from a truck trailer in Niederaula a few weeks ago.

The missing Nutella is worth around €16,000, the police said, as they appealed for any information which might lead them to the culprits.

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