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The Wall Street Journal reports that there has been an outbreak of beef brisket thievery in Texas, at least in part because of a surge in prices that has caused it to become a hot commodity.

The story says that "San Antonio police caught up with Allen Meneley on April 12, nearly two months after he became a prime suspect when a surveillance video appeared to show him snatching 13 smoked briskets and 10 cases of beer from Augie’s Barbed Wire Smoke House." Meanwhile, in Austin, "a Texas man was convicted this year of stealing at least $2,000 worth of brisket from several local supermarkets." And back in San Antonio, "in January, a thief broke into a smoker at Smoke Shack under the cover of night and took about $800 in half-cooked pork butts."
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