With no witnesses or security footage in sight, the Carrollton Police Department in Texas got creative when trying to find out who was responsible for covering a vehicle with … sliced cheese.
While that isn’t technically a crime, the car’s owner reported the vandals had caused serious damage to the vehicle by other means, so officers set out to follow the available clues.
The Department turned to its crime scene investigator with a very unique request. “The call was, ‘Hey, I’ve got some cheese prints — I heard you can you could help us out.’ I said, ‘What?’” Officer Parker Powell told WFAA.
Lo and behold, Powell discovered three of the cheese slices had captured clear fingerprints. “Pretty safe to say we’ve never lifted prints from cheese slices before,” department spokesperson Jolene De- Vito told McClatchy News. “But now our CSIs know how easy it is!”
Proud of their findings, the Department took to Twitter to report on what they discovered: “You learn something new every day. Today, we learned two things: 1) Covering cars with cheese slices is apparently the new trend in criminal mischief. 2) Cheese slices produce great fingerprints.”
Oddly, this isn’t the first case of criminal cheesing to make headlines. In December, the Pennsylvania State Police arrested three suspects for covering two cars and a residence in slices of cheese. And in 2014, also in Pennsylvania, a man known as “the Swiss Cheese Pervert” was arrested for exposing himself to several women while holding slices of cheese.
Meanwhile, in Oregon last year, a woman’s car was “plastered … from trunk to hood with salami,” according to a report from the Forest Grove Police Department. Do we need to start instituting background checks for deli food sales?