Candy Bandits Accused of Stealing Thousands of Candy Bars From Kroger
(Cordova, TN) Some thieves with a sweet tooth are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of candy from area grocery stores.
Jessica Thomas, Dellamar Williams, Richard Nathaniel and Travis Curry were arrested yesterday near the Kroger Store in the 600 block of Germantown Parkway.
Shelby County Sheriff’s detectives say they had about $800 dollars worth of candy bars in the trunk of their car.
“Before I looked in the trunk I said is there anything in the trunk? They said we got a little bit of candy and when I opened the trunk there was a lot of candy,” said Sgt. Clay Aitken.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office A.L.E.R.T. Unit says the candy bandits may be responsible for as many as fifteen candy thefts at Kroger Stores in the Memphis area over the last year.
Detectives say they were able to clean out candy aisles in a single trip and it was all captured on the store’s surveillance cameras.
“It’s easy to sell. It’s a product, everybody eats candy. Generally what boosters do– anything they sell they usually get fifty cents on the dollar,” said Sgt. Aitken.
Aitken said Williams and Nathaniel are known booster they have arrested a number of times.
Deputies are hoping to figure out who they are supplying with candy and say this should stop them for a while.
“But this is their job. Just like we go to work every day they go to work to steal. It’s their job,” said Sgt. Aitken.
The A.L.E.R.T. unit estimates they have stolen up to $15,000 in candy from the Kroger stores.
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