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Business reports extract theft

Posted: Monday, Dec 23rd, 2013


Vanilla extract is being pilfered from local businesses, possibly for the high alcoholic content.


The Lusk Police Department was contacted by business owner, Kenny Decker, reporting that there had been recent incidents of vanilla extract theft at his business. The bottles were removed from the packaging and the boxes returned to the shelf. The extract is 41 % alcohol by content or over 70 proof. To put this in perspective, 1.5 ounces of extract is equivalent to a 12 ounce beer or a five ounce glass of wine. The high alcohol content is a result of the process used in formulating the product. High proof alcohol is added to various flavorings such as vanilla beans, peppermint, and orange, among others, which releases the essence and in return produces the extract.

This appears to be a growing issue with adolescents across the country. The incidences are being investigated by The Lusk Police Department and surveillance video is being reviewed by the department. Decker has secured the extract at his store and in order to purchase this product, it will have to be requested from a clerk.



For the complete article see the 12-25-2013 issue.










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