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Thief Steals Trailer Filled With Five Tons of Gourmet Chocolate

Monday, September 22, 2003 - 22:20

Talk about taking the concept of "chocoholism" to a world-class level. A thief attempting to make off with more than 10,000 pounds of gourmet chocolates abandoned the effort Sunday, apparently because his or her efforts to break the trailer's multiple locks were unsuccessful.

The 48-foot refrigerated trailer -- being used to deliver chocolate for Sally Foster, Inc. (Duncan, S.C.) was stolen from the Wilco truck stop in Blacksburg, S.C. some time between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. The shipment -- made up of nearly $180,000 worth of various Harry London® brand chocolates that Sally Foster distributes -- was en route to a refrigerated storage facility located in Greenville, S.C. when the theft occurred.

According to Ron Pickett, vice president and general manager of Sally Foster, Inc., the driver -- an employee of Artic Express (Hilliard, Ohio) -- had dropped the trailer off at the truck stop early Saturday morning and gone to his home nearby.

"He checked on the trailer at around 6:30 p.m. and it was fine," said Pickett. "When he came back at noon Sunday, the trailer was gone."

The trailer was found on Monday morning at the Williams Travel Center in Gaffney, S.C., unopened and with the refrigerator still running. Two of four of the trailer's locks had been broken off, but the remaining two remained intact. Pickett speculates that, after multiple attempts to open the trailer, the thief simply gave up.

"Makes you realize how some people will stop at nothing to get their chocolate fix," laughed Pickett. "Fortunately for us, this particular robber was just no match for the excellent security of the trailer."

No suspects have been arrested in conjunction with the theft; the Cherokee County Sheriff department is investigating.

About Sally Foster, Inc.

Sally Foster, Inc., is a division of Troy, Mich.-based Entertainment Publications. Sally Foster® supplies high-quality giftwrap, gifts and gourmet Harry London® chocolates for elementary school fundraisers throughout North America. More than three million students sell Sally Foster products each season, raising more than $50 million annually for their schools.

SOURCE: Entertainment Publications

CONTACT: Jennifer L. Foss, Director of Communications of Entertainment
Publications, +1-248-458-5420, jfoss@entertainment.com

Web site: http://www.entertainment.com/

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