Glacier Thief Arrested
February 3, 2012 by staff
Glacier Thief Arrested, A chunk of the 5,200kg of ice, believed stolen from the Jorge Montt glacier, which was discovered by police in a refrigerated truck. Climate change sceptics have acquired a new explanation for why glaciers are retreating: it’s not global warming, it’s theft.
Police in Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing five tonnes of ice from the Jorge Montt glacier in the Patagonia region to sell as designer ice cubes in bars and restaurants.
Local media reported that last Friday police intercepted a refrigerated truck with an estimated £3,900 worth of illicit ice allegedly bound for whiskies, rums and ccktails in the capital Santiago.
Authorities have accused the driver of theft and are considering adding violation of national monuments to the charge sheet.
Scientists say Jorge Montt, part of the Bernardo O’Higgins national park, is retreating by half a mile a year, making it one of the world’s fastest shrinking glaciers.
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