MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 19 - For the second time in three years Moosehead Breweries Limited has been hit with a major beer heist.
Early this morning thieves fled with two tractor trailers full of 100,000 cans and bottles of Moosehead Lager and some beer made for one of the brewery's contract partners from the Armour Transport Inc. compound on Dixie Road in Mississauga. The retail value of the beer is approximately $200,000.
"We can't believe that of all the beer available in Canada that Moosehead would be targeted again," said company spokesman Joel Levesque. In August, 2004, a truck containing 50,000 cans of Moosehead Lager bound for the Mexican market was stolen. Only 14,000 of the missing 50,000 cans were ever found.
Today's theft amounted to 70,000 cans and 44,000 bottles of beer.
"Moosehead drinkers in Ontario would be wise to stock up today. We expect it may take until early next week to replenish the stolen beer," Levesque cautioned.
Early reports indicate the thieves stole two tractors from another trucking compound and then hitched them to the trailers containing the beer.
Meanwhile, anyone with information is urged to contact Peel Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS/8477 or local police. A reward for information is offered.