Posted By LambChop
From the Olive Oil Times.com:
With the devastating weather and crop reductions in Spain, prices of olive oil in the U.K are predicted to rise as much as 50%. Greece has long been the world's largest per capita consumer of olive oil and as prices rise, the Greek economic woes forced families to cut back drastically on necessities like foodstuffs. These conditions make the market ripe for black market activity (puns intended).
One criminal incident occurred after a delivery man traveled to an undisclosed location in Thessaloniki to make a large delivery of olive oil. According to the Greek newspaper DefenceNet a delivery man with a large quantity of olive oil arrived at his stop in Thessaloniki was ambushed by four men who forced him to hand over the olive oil at gunpoint. The total value of the goods stolen was reportedly worth 4,000 euros.
A second armed robbery involving olive oil took place in at the EKO sports arena where olive oil was stored. Six armed men stole a total of 50 crates filled with bottles of olive oil which they loaded into an unmarked van without license plates.
A third robbery occurred in the Western Peloponnese city of Patras. Thieves stole large, heavy tanks of olive oil from the resident’s storage facility.
These recent olive oil robberies follow on the heels of additional olive oil related crimes in Thessaloniki and Athens earlier in the summer. Greek police made several arrests in both cities related to two separate olive oil fraud rings.