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ST. JOHN'S, NFLD. - A black market for cheese is developing in St. John's, Nfld., as drug abusers find ways to support their addiction, police say.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says people are stealing and reselling food from supermarkets and other stores to pay for their drugs.

Staff Sgt. June Layden says a man who threatened to stab people with a hypodermic needle in the parking lot of a supermarket earlier this week was holding between 12 and 16 blocks of cheese when he was arrested.

In fact, cheese theft is a growing problem in the province, Layden says. "From speaking with a number of people yesterday, including some employees at some of our larger supermarkets, they are finding people are coming in and stealing it by blocks."

Thieves have also targeted pizza shops, says Layden, and she suspects crates of cheese are then sold back to other restaurants at a cheap rate.

Robert Kourrie, the owner of Big Bite Pizza in Churchill Square, says about $200 worth of cheese was taken from his shop. "We had a break-in here, and yeah, I think we had a case or 10 blocks [stolen]."

The police say they believe it was a drug-related crime, but no suspects have been arrested.


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