Perhaps it's the economy;  With the price of groceries these days, it appears that food has become a hot commodity with criminals.  First there was the store about stolen energy drinks and Nutella.  Now, Florida Police are charging a man for stealing $75,000 worth of soup.

Eusebio Diaz Acosta, 51, faces charges of grand theft of cargo worth $50,000 or more and grand theft of a motor vehicle following his arrest early Sunday on the Florida’s Turnpike, according to authorities.

The details of the case are highly-unusual.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that it received a report of a stolen tractor trailer hauling soup that was being tracked by GPS, and the tractor trailer driven by Diaz Acosta was pulled over at the 63-mile marker of the turnpike in Tamarac.


A passenger – described as a 5-foot-10-inches tall black male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt – left the trailer, jumped over the concrete barrier wall, and escaped after he jumped over a chain link fence and fled northwest, an arrest report said.


Diaz Acosta told the troopers that he met the passenger, Pepe, a week beforehand, and that Pepe paid him to drive the tractor trailer and he knows nothing else, the report said.

One additional fact surrounding the case that might be of interest to local readers is the report that the semi-truck hauling the soup had MInnesota license plates on it, and the registration belongs to Lessors Inc - a company out of Eagan, Minnesota.