Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Fresh Breath Bandit?

Every once in a while one runs into a story that makes you sit up and say, "Hmm." My wandering through the news headlines this past weekend brought about another one of those strange "Weird-O-Meter" stories that I just couldn't pass up.

It seems that a burglar in a community north of Toronto broke into a drugstore, not once, but twice. No, he didn't raid the drug counter, as one might suppose would happen in a drugstore heist. He raided the candy aisle, and more specifically, the chewing gum section. He allegedly loaded up his heist in a garbage bag, left the store, and promptly came back in for another gleaning, filling a second bag before exiting into an awaiting taxi. The value of the stolen chewing gum exceeded $1500.

Now, a caveat is in order: I do NOT endorse or promote any criminal activity whatsoever. However, and I don't know about you, but it seems to me that if one were so criminally inclined as to take a chance on committing a theft felony, you would 'maybe' do it with a slightly more valuable item. One doesn't (logically) rob the local Safeway store of chewing gum; at today's prices, one raids the meat aisle. If you're going to commit the crime and break into a drugstore, where do you suppose the valuable items are? The gum aisle??? I mean, if you're going to risk the very high likelihood of getting caught and receiving that criminal record and jail time anyways, why not make it worthwhile? Or am I missing something here? I mean, isn't that a bit like a bank robber holding up the bank for it's supply of Post-it notes, all the while leaving the vault and cash drawers untouched?

That's the way I see it. Maybe he was just after some fresh breath. Hmm.

Anyways, you can read the full story here.

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