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article imageTheft of $45,000 worth of lettuce spawns puns from police

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 5, 2017 in Internet
Hamilton - While police in Hamilton, Ontario may never solve this crime, they are sure having a lot of fun using puns when informing the public of what happened and asking for help in locating the culprits.
According to Hamilton police, a truck with a refrigerated trailer containing approximately $45,000 worth of lettuce was parked on a Stoney Creek street. Sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday, a thief or thieves stole the truck and trailer. The truck was later found in Toronto but the trailer, containing the leafy cargo was missing.
The licence plate of the stolen trailer is P9002D.
Police not only used their Twitter account to inform the public but did so by the use of puns. In asking for help in solving this crime, Const. Steve Weldon tweeted “lettuce work together again.” Police also tweeted “lettuce know if you have any tips.”
Of course member of the public replied to the tweets with their own puns and jokes. In one of the best, Lori T tweeted the thieves need to be “tossed in jail.” And she said “if you ‘carrot’ at all, you will retweet.”
When police replied to Lori's tweet by telling her she dressed it up just fine, she wrote "As I do. From my head to-ma-toes."
While it may seem strange police would resort to this type of humour about a crime, it has gained more attention from the media and the public than it otherwise would have.
Definitely not the crime of the century
Not only was this theft not the crime of the century, it was not even the biggest crime of 2017. A similar crime occurred on Feb. 5 when another parked truck and refrigerated trailer was parked on a city street. Sometime between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. the truck was stolen. Like the recent theft, the truck was recovered in Toronto but the trailer was missing.
The trailer contained an estimated $100,000 worth of blueberries. Police also used social media in their search for the thieves and the missing trailer. Using the hashtag #blueberry bandit,” Weldon asked if anyone has seen these berries. The officer was not sure if the berries were fresh, frozen or somewhere in between. He said it depended upon how the refrigeration unit was working in the missing trailer.
And another such crime took place in December 2016 when a truck and trailer containing honeydew melons were stolen.
In wake of the horrendous lettuce theft, police are warning the public to “romaine calm.”
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