The Mysterious Case of the Dr Pepper Bandits

Who is stealing truckloads of Dr Pepper?

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    Dr Pepper is popular in Texas -- popular enough to steal.

    In the past two and half months, soda thieves have stolen about $100,000 worth of the iconic Texas brand.

    And they're not just pilfering a few cases at a time.

    In February, DP bandits stole an 18-wheeler filled with Dr Pepper from a Sherman distributor. A month later, two fully loaded tractor-trailers disappeared from a Waco distributor. Last week, thieves made off with two more big rigs fully loaded with Dr Pepper at a Wichita Falls distributor.

    Who Are the North Texas Dr Pepper Bandits?

    [DFW] Who Are the North Texas Dr Pepper Bandits?
    Dr Pepper is popular in Texas -- popular enough to steal.

    In each case, the stolen trucks turned up in the Metroplex -- empty.

    Robert Gutierrez at Oak Cliff's Soda Gallery said Dr Pepper has its addicts "but this is a little further than I can imagine."

    "If anyone comes to me and offers me a pallet of Dr Pepper, I better turn it down because they will find me I'm sure," he said.

    But what if the thieves are keeping the loot for themselves?

    "Over time, I would imagine you might need a good dentist," Gutierrez said.