The Chilean General Prosecutor's Office displays bags of ice allegedly stolen from the Jorge Montt Glacier, more than 1,200 miles south of Santiago, Chile.
Thieves have stolen 11,000 pounds of ancient ice from a Chilean glacier to make designer cubes for cocktails in bars in the nation's capital, Santiago, authorities have told local media.
Prosecutor Jose Moris Ferrando said this week that a driver of a refrigerated truck was arrested Friday in Cochrane with the equivalent of $6,200 worth of ice, according to El Mercurio newspaper.
A company is extracting the ice from the Jorge Montt sector glaciers in the Southern Ice Field near Caleta Tortel in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park in southern Chile, Moris said. He did not name the company.
The crime is classified as a simple theft for now, he said. However, suspects may later be charged with crimes against national heritage or with environmental crimes, he said.
The Guardian of London noted that Jorge Montt is retreating by half a mile a year, making it one of the word's fastest-shrinking glaciers.
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