LORAIN — Local store clerks can rejoice that their Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are safe.
The Reese Cup Bandit’s sweet tooth finally got the best of him, and he was arrested at
1 p.m. Thursday. Lorain police Lt. Mark Carpentiere said police received a tip-off that led to the 17-year-old boy’s arrest.
The Reese’s Cup Bandit has been stealing from the Oberlin Avenue Sunoco Station since January, but police had been unable to nab the perpetrator, who reportedly grabs the candy and flees the store before police arrive.
On June 19, police were sent to Sunoco after the boy reportedly stole Reese Cups and a bag of chips from the store, tackling a clerk as he fled.
The store clerk, Lawrence Elder, told police the suspect was well-known by staff because he had stolen approximately $400 to $600 worth of Reese’s Cups from the store. Elder said he recognized the boy when he entered Sunoco and attempted to block the store exit so he could not escape. The Reese’s Cup Bandit then ran into him in the doorway and fled through the exit to West 30th Street.
Carpentiere said in an attempt to trick the Reese’s Cup Bandit, store employees had once cut the bottom of the Reese Cup box so that the candy would fall when he tried to steal it. Employees at Sunoco were unable to comment on the boy’s arrest Thursday. Carpentiere said the boy, who lives near the Sunoco station, will likely be charged with theft, with possible robbery charges pending.
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