Chew­ing gum ban­dit still at large

Man steals $1,500 worth of gum from Markham store

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Danielle Perry

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.

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