$1,700 of candy stolen from store

Daily Post Staff Writer

Someone made a sweet score at Safeway, stealing $1,700 worth of candy from the Woodside Road grocery store in Redwood City.

Around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, a man walked into the Safeway at 850 Woodside Road, grabbed a shopping cart, and began to empty out the candy aisle, said police Lt. John Gunderson.

“It was all types, really runs the gamut of candy — Paydays, Mounds, Reese’s, you know all of the Mars brands of candy, Almond Joy, M&M’s, Hershey’s — whatever was sitting in that candy aisle,” Gunderson said.

Gunderson said it’s likely the candy culprit took boxes of the sweet stuff right off the shelves, which would explain why so much was taken.

An inventory of exactly what was taken wasn’t available. But $1,700 taken breaks down to about 85 boxes of 12 four-ounce candy bars.

Or 298 bags of Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares.

Or 212 big bags of M&M’s.

Or 1,133 candy bars.

No arrests have been made. However, Gunderson said that police have an idea of who their sweet tooth thief is.

It’s unusual for stores to see candy stolen in this amount. Typically what’s stolen in large amounts from stores are things such as Tide detergent, allergy medication or baby formula, all of which can either be resold, or used for drugs.

Since the amount taken exceeds $950 — the line between a misdemeanor or a felony theft — the culprit could get hit with grand theft charges resulting in a maximum three years in prison.