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$30,000 worth of Ralphs steaks recovered in foiled heist

July 19, 2012 |  4:13 pm

This post has been corrected. Please see the note below.

Four men were arrested after they snuck into a Compton Ralphs/Food 4 Less storage yard and tried to drive away with $30,000 of beef.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a call from the yard's security guard as the theft was in progress on Monday night, said Detective Eric Moreno.

Four men had backed a UHaul truck and a pickup truck to the edge of the stockyard on the 1200 block Artesia Boulevard, cut the chain-link fence and were loading their vehicles with 51 boxes of flat steaks and tenderloins, Moreno said.

Officers used the description of the vehicle to arrest the men a few blocks from the distribution facility, Moreno said.

The men have been charged with grand theft and are being held in Century Regional Detention Facility on $30,000 bail each.

The steaks were also recovered and returned to the Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center immediately after authorities performed an inventory, Moreno said.

Moreno said he suspects that the men planned to sell the meat to restaurants around Los Angeles County. Criminal charges and more arrests are possible for the potential buyers, Moreno said.

[For the record, 8:30 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly said Los Angeles police responded. The area is patrolled by the Sheriff's Department.]

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