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The ice cream caper that saw 50 tubs of top flavours taken in Calgary

It was a chilling crime, in the sense that it occurred in a refrigerated environment.

Ice-cream maker Philip Choy thought someone stole his scoops in order to sell them

Someone stole 50 tubs of Phil Choy's ice cream in July 1995. 1:33

It was a chilling crime, in the sense that it occurred in a refrigerated environment.

The target was the ice cream made by Calgary's Philip Choy, and someone took 50 tubs of it from his truck 24 summers ago.

"They took caramel pecan ice cream, the brown cow and some cookies and cream," Choy told CBC News back in July of 1995.

"Those are my best-selling flavours, so it seems they know what they're doing."

Given the quantity of illicitly obtained ice cream involved, Choy believed someone was planning to sell it.

'50 tubs is a lot of ice cream'

The 50 tubs of ice cream were taken from Philip Choy's truck in the summer of 1995. (CBC News/CBC Archives)

"I can see maybe you can, you know, eat one or two tubs," he said. "But 50 tubs is a lot of ice cream."

Choy planned to keep an eye out for his branded ice cream tubs that featured the black-and-white markings of a piebald cow.

He also had to spend three days making another 50 tubs of ice cream, the equivalent of about 4,000 scoops, to make up for the product that was stolen from him — though his insurance was supposed to cover the cost of what he had lost.

Philip Choy was insured for the value of the ice cream that was stolen from him. But he still had to make new product to replace his missing inventory. (CBC News/CBC Archives)