Thieves steal chicken wings worth $65K

Published On: Jan 30 2013 12:12:11 PM EST

Two men are being accused of stealing $65,000 worth of frozen chicken wings amid a high nationwide shortage of the appetizer.

Dewayne Patterson, 35 and Renaldo Jackson, 26, allegedly used forklift and a rental truck to steal several warehouse pallets of frozen wings from a storage facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia, according to WSB-TV.

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The two men were charged with one count of felony theft and released on bond.

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Chicken wings are in extremely high demand and are expected to reach record prices during the Super Bowl this year.

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Every year, the cost of the beloved game-time grub shoots up at the end of January as restaurants gear up to feed the masses for the NFL's big showdown.

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Prices usually go down soon after. But that drop never happened last year, because sweeping droughts in the Midwest drove up feed prices, agricultural experts say. As a result, the price of chicken farming, and therefore wings, has been gradually increasing.

The wholesale price of wings was up 26%, to $1.90 a pound in December from a year earlier, according to David Harvey, an agricultural economist specializing in poultry and eggs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.