PORT MOODY — There’s an awful lot you can pack into a suitcase — clothes would be the first items that come to mind.
But apparently, as Port Moody police have discovered, a suitcase is also an acceptable way to pack meat.
The department was called to a report of an abandoned suitcase out front of an apartment on St. Johns Street Sunday night.
When an officer opened up the suitcase, police found more than 100 pounds of various packaged frozen meats.
Police aren’t sure where the edible contents came from, but note it’s not unusual to get the occasional report of food stolen from deep freezes kept in carports.
“Most likely one of our local homeless went rummaging through someone’s outside deep freeze, gathered up the meat into an old suitcase and rode off,” said Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke Van Winkel, adding the meat either fell off or the person may have gotten startled and dropped it.
“In the long run it’s probably best that they dropped it. Some of the beef had best before dates of 2004 — the prime rib was well past its prime.”
The department sent out this tweet late Sunday night: “We have found a suitcase full of 100 lbs of meat. On the sidewalk. Please come and get it if it's yours. #mysterymeat.”
While no one has come forward to claim the suitcase, police said they’ll hold on to the meat for the time being.