Ham heist proves fruitful for London business

Jeff Brode of Honey Bee Ham Co. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI Agency)

Jeff Brode of Honey Bee Ham Co. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI Agency)

Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

LONDON -- It turns out having $20,000 worth of ham stolen right before the holidays is good for business.

One hundred and eighty hams were taken from a refrigeration truck parked outside Honey-Bee Ham Co. days before Christmas.

Police said on the weekend a London man, 33, was charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 after some of the stolen meat was found in his home.

News of the ham heist made the headlines across the country, drumming up some extra business, owner Jeff Brode said.

"The phone's been ringing a bit more."

Police returned 26 of the 180 hot hams, but don't expect the pinched pork to end up on a dinner plate anytime soon, Brode said.

"They're long gone in the garbage."


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