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Teen accused of stealing $160K worth of cheese in New Jersey

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

Prosecutors say Darluis Ortiz, 18, made off with multiple pallets of Tastee Cheese products from a food warehouse in Moonachie on Sept. 23.

Tastee cheese is often eaten with spiced or sweetened buns, especially at Easter. It’s produced by Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd.

Ortiz was arrested on Wednesday and was charged with theft, burglary, conspiracy and possessing burglary tools. He was being held in the Bergen County jail on bail that was $10,000 less than the value of the canned, processed cheese.

Ortiz was arrested after a two-week investigation by members of the Bergen County prosecutor’s office and the Moonachie police department.