Police chip away at toothpick heist

Investigators: 400K toothpicks stolen over 2 weeks

POSTED: 07:38 AM PDT Jun 11, 2012    UPDATED: 08:18 AM PDT Jun 12, 2012 
Toothpicks

Authorities in Athens, Ga., said they are on the hunt for some crafty thieves who have stolen about 400,000 toothpicks from a local manufacturer and may have plans to pick away at some more.

Athens-Clarke police said six cases of toothpicks were reported missing from Armond’s Manufacturing Company about two weeks ago, and then seven more cases disappeared in the last week, the Athens-Banner Herald reported.

According to the newspaper, each case of the missing toothpicks contained 288 packages of 100 toothpicks, bringing the total missing to 374,400.

Police said the pilfered picks have a total value of about $2,808.

Officers told the Herald that no signs of forced entry were found at the scene after each burglary, and that the owner of the company now suspects that it might be an inside person picking him clean.

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