Police in southern Illinois are investigating after 140 frozen turkeys were stolen from a locked refrigerated trailer outside a meat market the week before Thanksgiving.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the thefts happened between Monday evening and when Schneider's Quality Meats and Catering in Waterloo opened on Tuesday morning. Waterloo Police Chief Jim Trantham says he's hopeful surveillance video will give officers more information in the case.

Owner Mark Lengacher says "I guess even thieves have Thanksgiving." Lengacher says the thefts won't ruin the holiday for his business because he has plenty of other turkeys to go around.

The Jenny-O brand turkeys weights about 12 pounds each. Police say the haul was valued at more than $2,000.

Waterloo is in Monroe County about 25 miles south of St. Louis.

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