Police Distpatch

Like Confiscating Candy From a Baby

UA Area

Nov. 29, 7:57 p.m.

During a local drugstore heist, some young wannabe thugs tried to steal hard alcohol and make chilling threats—but acquired only soft candy and chewing gum, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report.

UA officers were called to a CVS drugstore at 825 E. University Blvd. in response to a report of three young men trying to steal bottles of alcohol. Employees said when they caught the kids, they actually threatened to "kill staff by cutting off their heads."

Two of the thieves were restrained at CVS until the Tucson Police Department arrived, but the third escaped—only to be nabbed just outside the store by a UA officer. Asked if he had any knives, the youth said no—and in fact he was discovered to possess no weapons of any sort, or any contraband—excepting one large bag of Starburst candy and one bag of Sour Patch gum.

The officer remembered that the CVS store sold these very brands of candy dainties side by side near the register; thus, he surmised this subject had settled for shoplifting sweets instead of spirits.

Apparently the boy's sweet tooth was so strong that even on the lam he'd found time to open the packages—which were confiscated by police before this third thief was arrested with his peers.

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