11 Dec '11, 3pm
50 tonnes of corn stolen from moving train in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Police in Brazil's southeastern Sao Paulo state are investigating the theft of 50 tonnes of corn from a moving train. A police report says the thieves greased the train tracks, making the wheels of the 54-wagon locomotive skid and slow down before they used a tow truck with a hook to remove the corn-filled containers. The report says the theft occurred as the train traveled through a rural area about 300km north of the capital. The train was headed to the southeastern port of Santos with 60 tonnes of corn and sugar. The case is reminiscent of Wild West robberies, where bandits on horses stole from moving trains.