Cops can pretty much rule out a rogue pretzelmaker or a bartender planning an out-of-control margarita party.
When thieves made off with 120 tons of salt from an Aurora storage facility over the last few weeks, the sheer quantity suggested that somebody who plows and spreads salt on winter pavement was seeking to cut costs through crime.
The theft from a warehouse in the far west suburban city would fill six semi-trucks and require heavy equipment to load, experts say. It’s enough to last a suburban village through the winter. And the crime hit at a time of shortages and skyrocketing salt costs…
“We’ve had somebody take a bag of salt from us here and there, but nothing of this magnitude,” said Tovar vice president Eric Hartmann. “It’s obviously happening because of the salt shortage this year.”
Hartmann offers “common sense” wisdom – and an alibi for whoever stole the salt – when he says, “The salt price being three to four times what it was last year, it’s turning good honest businesspeople into opportune criminals.”
“Balderdash!”, I say. You don’t mysteriously go through a phase-shift in your brain and slide from honest to dishonest. Not enough to tempt the greedy bone in the brain of most.