Police are dealing with a somewhat unique crime in Turlock, California where thieves stolen tanks from a truck. Since they also stole gasoline from the truck, the thieves might not have been aware of what was in the tanks but had succeeded in stealing $50,000 of bull semen.
The tanks contained enough semen to impregnate 1,000 cattle. The 3,500 “units” include some from the fifth highest ranked bull in the world. It might be a challenge for thieves to find a way to fence tanks of bull semen. However, to do so, they would have to be able to handle highly volatile tanks. The semen is kept in a deep freeze in tanks filled with liquid nitrogen. At about -320 degrees fahrenheit to keep the sperm frozen, the tanks are highly dangerous to handle.
What is interesting is that, if as suspected the thieves did not know what was in the tanks, they stole a valuable commodity that they probably could not easily sell. Nevertheless, they are subject to a major felony theft charge valued at $50,000 or more.
If they do not cause some catastrophic accident, the thieves will likely be a tad grossed out from their haul on this job. In the meantime, police are likely watching for a flood of blackmarket bull semen.