VIENNA (June 27, 2012)—Police in Austria have made five arrests in the theft of 9.5 tons of garlic.
The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans that were about to cross into Hungary from Austria on Wednesday and found them packed to the roof with garlic.
The five men in the vehicles were questioned and then charged on suspicion of receiving stolen goods.
Police say the garlic evidently came from Spain and estimated its value at $37,500.
The men, who are all Romanian nationals, were not named, in line with Austrian privacy laws.
APA cites one officer as saying it was clear what the vans were carrying even before their doors were opened.
"All three vehicles really stunk like garlic," he says.