Chewing gum bandit still at large
Man steals $1,500 worth of gum from Markham store
York Regional Police ( YRP) is searching for a shoplifter who stole over $1,500 worth of chewing gum from a Markham pharmacy Dec. 17.
At approximately 7:20 p.m. in the area of Highway 7 and Kennedy Road in Markham, a male suspect was caught on video surveillance entering a pharmacy and walking to a candy aisle. The suspect then filled a garbage bag with chewing gum and left the store. A few moments later he re-entered the store, filled another garbage bag with chewing gum and walked out again. The value of the chewing gum stolen was $1,528. The man arrived and departed in a taxi that was waiting outside for him while he made away with the stash of gum, initially unnoticed.
“Shoplifting happens all the time, but it is the quantity that is rare, especially to happen at 7:20 p.m. in the evening at a busy Shoppers Drug Mart,” said constable Andy Pattenden.
“One of the employees walked down the aisle afterwards and noticed all the merchandise missing,” he said.
After exhausting all leads thus far for catching the suspect, YRP is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect.
The surveillance footage of the incident can be found online on the YRP website.
Const. Pattenden said there are no updates thus far, but police have received a number of tips from the public since releasing the information on the suspect in hopes of identifying him.