IKEA has been in the news about its new paper pallet program, but now also for its residual wood pallets as well. Four people have been indicted in France as part of an investigation into the theft of 22,000 pallets from an IKEA warehouse, valued at over 200,000 euros. After noticing significant shortfalls in its pallet inventory, it filed a complaint two months ago. Police have identified the involvement of an employee at the warehouse located in Toussieu, as well as three other individuals.
According to police, a trailer was brought to the warehouse at night and loaded with pallets, which were taken away for resale. The first thefts began in September 2010.
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