In a shocking turn of events, a state-run facility in Havana, Cuba, fell victim to a massive chicken heist orchestrated by a 30-person crew. The audacious crime involved the theft of a staggering 133 tons of chicken, which was subsequently sold on the streets to fund the purchase of various tech gadgets and appliances. The perpetrators, consisting of shift bosses, IT workers, and security guards, were exposed by a state broadcast on Friday.
Although the exact timeframe of the incident remains undisclosed, authorities suspect that the 1,660 boxes of poultry were pilfered between midnight and 2 a.m. on a day when the temperature within the cold facility fluctuated. Surveillance footage captured the culprits utilizing trucks to transport the stolen chicken away from the premises.
The stolen chicken, a highly sought-after commodity in the Communist country, is among the rationed items and has become increasingly scarce in recent years due to Cuba’s ongoing economic crisis. The loot seized by the thieves was equivalent to an entire month’s ration of chicken for a medium-sized province, as stated by Rigoberto Mustelier, the director of government food distributor COPMAR.
While large-scale thefts are uncommon in the Caribbean island nation, crime rates have surged since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspects involved in this poultry heist, including individuals unrelated to the facility, could potentially face up to 20 years in prison for their involvement in the crime.