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For some reason, a story about the theft of 3,500 pounds of Gouda from a family-run dairy and craft cheese-making operation near the town of Fijnaart in the Netherlands received major international media attention last week.

The cheese heist involved no injuries, arrests or significant property damage, and caused so little commotion that the dairy owners and their watchdog all slept through it. The loss of the Gouda, valued at about $23,000, was of little consequence to anyone but its legal owners. The theft of a single cheese slicer from the Amsterdam Cheese Museum back in 2015 involved a bigger haul for its thieves, since the platinum-sheathed blade was studded with 220 small diamonds and valued at $28,000.

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Rick Steelhammer is a features reporter. He can be reached at 304-348-5169 or Follow

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