Crime

Florida Highway Patrol Busts Soup Bandit Who Nabbed $75,000 Worth of Broth

Eusebio Diaz Acosta made it all the way to Tamarac with his stolen tractor-trailer full of soup, but that is where his dream of soup-filled days would end -- until soup day in jail, that is.

In the most un-Goodfellas heist ever, Acosta is charged with stealing a tractor-trailer full of $75,000 worth of soup from a Central Florida truck stop.

The trailer packed with soup was headed for Publix's distribution center in Lakeland when Acosta, a 51-year-old from Orlando, pinched the ride at a truck stop and sped away.

Police were able to track the runaway soup truck via GPS and nabbed Acosta on the Turnpike near Tamarac. Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley has seen some shit in his day, but never this, apparently.

"These are very unusual facts," Judge Hurley said as he read from Acosta's arrest report Monday morning. "The court has seen many things stolen... This is the first time the court's ever seen $75,000 worth of soup stolen."

Acosta is looking at two counts of grand theft (the soup plus the truck), totaling $350,000.

When fellow inmates ask him why he's in the joint, Acosta might want to leave out the chicken-noodle part.

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.