More than $100,000 worth of meat stolen from businesses in Peterborough area

Police are investigating after more than $100,000 worth of meat was stolen from two businesses in the Peterborough area in recent weeks.

According to police, officers were called to investigate a break-in at a butcher shop on Highway 7 south of Fowlers Corners shortly before 11 a.m. on Jan. 12.

It’s believed the theft occurred between the hours of 11:22 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 4:42 a.m. the following day.

“Three male suspects entered the butcher shop by forcing open a loading dock roll up door and stole meat products valued at approximately $25,000,” reads a media release.

“The suspects fled in a dark coloured, older model stepside Ford Ranger.”

The second break-in occurred this past weekend at Otonabee Meat Packers on Drummond Line.

“On Sunday (Jan. 19), between the hours of 12 a.m. and 2 a.m., the suspect(s) entered the butcher shop through the front door and stole meat products valued at approximately $80,000. Four large butcher knives were also stolen,” a media release reads.

The stolen meat was packed in white boxes, butcher paper and vacuumed-sealed packages with the Otonabee Meat Packers’ logo on stamped on the front, police noted in a social media post.

“The OPP is asking the public not to accept or purchase any meat with this logo from a third party other the supplier.”

The investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 705-742-0401 or 1-888-310-1122.

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