Three customized Volkswagen Buses (pictured above) made to look like blocks of Tillamook cheddar cheese are safe again after being stolen on July 12, and two men are in police custody for the alleged theft.

The cheesy cadre of VWs, their custom trailer and a Ford F-350 to haul them were on a promotional tour when they were stolen from a hotel parking lot in Manteca, California. Police began searching for them, and the group of bright orange Volkswagens wasn't too hard to sniff out. The three vans with an estimated value of $100,000 each were recovered undamaged on July 14 from a storage center in California about 50 miles away from where they were taken, according to Oregon Live. It reports that one of the men arrested rented a space there.

Unfortunately, the trailer and pickup used to haul the classic VWs weren't so lucky. Prior to finding the vans, police discovered the other vehicles burned out. It appears the alleged thieves tried to turn them into grilled cheese...


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      car-a-holic
      • 5 Months Ago
      I like their vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!
        rbnhd1144
        • 5 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic
        You got that right, I have some in my fridge right now, Their cheese is excellent too.
      cubicaldweller
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good to hear they were recovered. I saw the van versions (seen in the background of the photo) at a grocery in Scottsdale, Az a few months ago.
      rbnhd1144
      • 5 Months Ago
      What kind of an idiot would steal these promotional VWs, obviously they werent too bright.
      IBx27
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hang the thieves, then throw them into a car crusher. A 2-year sentence isn't going to deter anybody from stealing your car and leaving it a husk of what it used to be.
      knightrider_6
      • 5 Months Ago
      These belong in a museum or a junkyard
      Yeah yeah
      • 5 Months Ago
      Did they shorten the wheelbase of the buses, or were the axles actually that close together?
        usmckozmo
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Yeah yeah
        Those V-Dubs were custom chopped to shorten the frame, body and wheelbase. Here's what some normal ones look like to compare how small these got :) https://www.google.com/search?q=vw+bus&tbm=isch
      Sergio Alvarado
      • 5 Months Ago
      The buses were stolen in Manteca, CALIFORNIA.
        cantdrive55
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Sergio Alvarado
        I used to live there, still live near there, not surprised they were stolen. Stockton, the scene of the bank robbery shootout a couple days ago, is about 15-20 minutes away. Lovely area, this is.
          car-a-holic
          • 5 Months Ago
          @cantdrive55
          The bankruptcy pit of the valley...... Armpit hole of west coast you mean....
      fizzylychee
      • 5 Months Ago
      who would steal this, an almost legally blind thief?