3 Bright Orange Cheese Company Trucks Recovered

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    The company posted this image to their FB page saying "We’re staying hopeful that our buses will be found soon."

    Three mini VW buses painted to look like blocks of cheese were recovered Monday after a three-day search.

    The restored buses, used as touring vehicles by Tillamook, vanished early Saturday from a hotel parking lot, Manteca police said.

    The buses, worth an estimated $100,000 each, were secured in a trailer pulled by a Ford F-350 pickup that was also painted orange.

    Investigators believed someone drove off with the entire rig.

    The Manteca Bulletin reports that the truck and trailer were found torched 50 miles east in the foothill community of Jamestown. 

    However, there was no sign of the three mini buses.

    On Tuesday, Tillamook released a statement saying officials had found the minibuses in "near original condition."

    The company was grateful to officials and those who shared the story on social media.

    "While this kind of senseless crime is shocking and saddening, we are grateful for this happy ending," the company's statement reads.

    The minivans had stopped in Manteca on a tour promoting the Tillamook County Creamery Association's dairy products.