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Pasta thief hits Minnesota County fair

Sheriffs are actively working to solve the case of the missing noodles.

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The annual Benton County Fair was held last week in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota and for six days visitors could experience everything from monster truck shows and robot competitions to free corn feed and an early morning poultry show. Unsurprisingly, there were also plenty of cheese curds.

But the Benton County Sheriff’s Office also had to investigate the theft of several bags of pasta from a food vendor and a burglary at a second food vendor. As reported by St Cloud LiveSometime between when Epicure staff closed Wednesday night and reopened Thursday morning, an unknown person broke into their booth and helped herself to several bags of pasta.

During that same period, someone broke into Ubetcha’s MN Grill and damaged some of the equipment, then broke into the Maid-Rite building (the “home of the loose meat sandwich”) and stole “the seed money.” that was inside. According to a Benton County Sheriff’s release, nothing was stolen from Ubetcha’s.

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While it’s a blow to Epicure’s owners, the theft of several bags of pasta wasn’t as big of a robbery as the one at a Brooklyn restaurant. The night before Christmas Eve 2020, someone broke through the wall of the Borsalia restaurant in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, climbed into the kitchen and stole about 15 pounds of cooked cappelletti, gnocchi, ravioli and tagliatelle pasta. The burglars also emptied the tip jar and pocketed $40 in cash.

“We went down and found this big hole in the wall… but everything in the restaurant was perfect,” manager Cristiano Rossi said after the theft. “When the police came, we went to the kitchen and opened the pasta store – it was empty.”

The restaurant was forced to close on Christmas Eve because it had no pasta to serve — and it said the stolen carbs were worth about $4,500. “The detective joked that maybe it was another restaurant owner who was up,” added manager Cristiano Rossi. “I know our pasta is the best. But this was very strange.” (Borsalia has since closed.)

Meanwhile, anyone with information about the pasta theft or other burglaries at the Benton County Fair is encouraged to call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 320-968-7201 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 800-255-1301.

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