Man arrested in holiday ham heist

QMI Agency file photo

QMI Agency file photo


, Last Updated: 4:52 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- London police have nabbed a suspect in a holiday ham heist.

One hundred and eighty hams, valued at around $20,000, were stolen from a refrigeration truck parked outside the Honey-Bee Ham Company sometime between Dec. 20 and 21.

Acting on a tip, police searched a home on Christmas Eve and recovered some of the stolen meat.

“The hams have been returned to the owner,” said Const. Jane Crosby.

Honey-Bee owner Jeff Brodee said police returned 26 of the 180 of the hams.

“They're long gone in the garbage,” he said.

A London man, 33, has been charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000.

So what happened to the rest of the hot hams?

“We're still investigating,” Crosby said.

Investigators looked into a tip that the hams were being hocked on Kijiji, but the listing turned out to be a hoax.