Thieves set up a bogus trucking company to steal tractor-trailer loads of tomatoes, cucumbers and meat.

A gang of thieves stole six tractor-trailer loads of tomatoes and a truck full of cucumbers from Florida growers.

They also stole a truckload of frozen meat. The total value of the illegal haul: about $300,000.

The thieves disappeared with the shipments just after the price of Florida tomatoes skyrocketed after freezes that badly damaged crops in Mexico.

At each pick-up, a driver showed up at the wheel of a tractor with a refrigerated trailer. The shippers loaded the pallets of tomatoes or the other goods into the trucks and the driver drove off. None of the loads got to their destinations.

In Australia, thieves ripped a tonne of tomatoes off the vine at one grower.

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