On the first day of Christmas a Blue Mountains thief stole 10 legs of pork, six meat trays, nine Christmas hams and 10kg of bacon. While this may sound like a festive jingle, for police, it's a puzzling reality.
"It's unusual, put it that way," said Detective Inspector Mick Bostock.
According to CCTV, the Glenbrook Butchery on Park Street, Glenbrook was broken into about 1.15am on Monday. The thief fled with $3000 worth of meat.
Detective Inspector Bostock said the meat would likely be sold over the next couple of days at reduced prices.
"It's perishable food so we expect the thief will try to sell it off pretty quickly and pretty cheap," Detective Inspector Bostock said.
"If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is," he said.
The shop owner, Stuart Linthorne, said he has been able to replace most of the meat and has praised his customers for being understanding in difficult circumstances.
"I didn't think in my wildest dreams that this sort of thing would happen to us at this time of year," Mr Linthorne said.
"But the main thing is that we've been able to replace 99 per cent of the orders and no one's going to go hungry this Christmas."
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Springwood Police Station on 4751 0299.
The story 'It's unusual, put it that way': thief flees with $3000 worth of meat first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.