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Tillamook Vans Found: Two Arrested in Theft of Cheese-Maker's Vehicles

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In this undated photo provided by the Manteca Police Department are three Tillamook Cheese vans.

By    |   Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 01:59 PM

Stolen Tillamook vans made to look like cheese blocks were found unharmed in a storage locker by a California task force on Monday. The men suspected of their theft were arrested Tuesday.

"Late on Monday night, July 14, we were notified by the authorities working the investigation that our three Tillamook VW mini cheese sampling buses had been found by police in near original condition," the Oregon cheese-maker said in a statement, KVAL reported.

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"We are thrilled with this news and extremely pleased to be able to recover our beloved cheese buses."

Brian Lancaster, 32, and Ryan Monaco, 38, both of Sacramento, were pulled over in Rocklin, California, and they were taken into custody by members of an auto theft task force, Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion told The Associated Press.

The minibuses, worth $100,000 each, were stolen Saturday from a hotel parking lot in Manteca, where they had stopped on a tour promoting the Oregon-based Tillamook County Creamery Association's dairy products.

A tip led investigators to the vehicles Monday in a storage locker about 50 miles away from Manteca. Obligacion said one of the suspects had rented the storage locker.

Lancaster and Monaco were being held for investigation of auto theft, possession of stolen vehicles, conspiracy, and arson. It wasn't immediately known whether they have retained attorneys.

A truck and trailer that were part of the entourage were found torched and abandoned on Saturday.

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Stolen Tillamook vans made to look like cheese blocks were found unharmed in a storage locker by a California task force on Monday. The men suspected of their theft were arrested Tuesday.
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