Teen Accused of Stealing $160K Worth of Cheese

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A New Jersey teenager faces a slew of charges after an alleged cheese heist gone wrong.

Darluis Ortiz, 18, made off with multiple pallets of Jamaican cheese from a Moonachie, New Jersey, warehouse on September 23, prosecutors said.

The pilfered dairy product, a brand called Tastee Cheese, is often eaten by Jamaicans around Easter time, generally on sweet or spice buns, crackers or bread.

Police arrested Ortiz Wednesday after a two-week investigation by the Bergen County prosecutor’s office and local police.

He faces charges of theft, burglary, conspiracy and possessing burglary tools.