Po­lice see­ing more cases of tam­pered candy this year com­pared to the past

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - KASHMALA FIDA

ED­MON­TON—Hal­loween is con­sid­ered a spooky hol­i­day, but it’s be­ing made even scarier for chil­dren and par­ents as some have dis­cov­ered pins, nee­dle and even ra­zors in candy col­lected dur­ing trick or treat­ing.

Over the week­end postHal­loween, three cases of tam­pered candy were re­ported to Al­berta RCMP in Devon, Strath­more and Thorsby. In all three in­stances kids found pins in­serted into such treats as a bag of Chee­tos, a marsh­mal­low candy and Star­burst, in a Rice Crispy candy and Cof­fee Crisp choco­late bar.

Staff Sgt. John Spaans says from his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, the num­ber of re­ported in­ci­dents this year is higher than pre­vi­ous years, although he be­lieves it could be be­cause more par­ents are re­port­ing the is­sue.

“We are re­ly­ing on par­ents to call us when it does hap­pen, so right now we only have the three re­ports, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more,” he said.

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